New Zealand Moment of the Week: Seeing Dolphins…. Sort Of

The boat ride through the Hole in the Rock, alongside mini islands, was a lot of fun. It was also fun to walk on the land of one of those mini islands. Yet, without a doubt, the moment everyone was looking forward to was the moment we laid our eyes on dolphins.

Dolphins were a sure thing. The company we went with told us their customers see dolphins 98% of the time. The chances were in our favor, and let’s face it, New Zealand is magical. No wrong can happen there.

Dolphins were a sure thing.

Just as everyone else on the boat, we once again braved the wind and the rain and prepared our cameras. As someone who would otherwise be facing intense heat and sweat in Israel, I might have taken it to the extreme and stayed out there throughout the entire boat ride. Rain was a blessing to me.

It was also a blessing to see dolphins – and to see them in the wild! How fortunate can one person be?

And see them we did!

They sprung from the water to say hi and dive back in. They then did it again and again and again. Everyone was running across the moving boat to catch the next glimpse. The company’s photographer climbed a part of the boat tourists were not allowed to climb, a part that didn’t precisely convey the word safety once you stood up there, holding your camera, hoping for the best.

The dolphins kept showing up. They were adorable…. and they were really, really far away.

The sun was in my eyes and in my camera’s lens. I did my best, yet, unlike in Colorado’s Wildlife Sanctuary, my then-tiny camera could only zoom so much.

I got the photos, yet you’ll have to believe me that what I photographed and circled were indeed dolphins.

I appreciate your trust.


New Zealand Moment of the Week is my way of re-living the unexpected fairytale journey that made me a world traveler (thanks, R!) – and sharing it with you. Every week on All Colores, you will find one more moment of joy.


Have you ever seen dolphins in the wild? Did you get good photos?



  1. Dolphins you say? I’m pretty sure this is how legends like the Loch Ness Monster get started. Looking past the (really) tiny dolphins, the scenery is still gorgeous. That’s gotta be worth something!
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    • Apparently there either is or was a statue of this monster in Herzliya, Israel. I like the idea of starting a legend – though these really were dolphins! The scenery is worth a lot, that’s for sure. You can’t go wrong in New Zealand 🙂

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