Thursday, May 14, 2015

Akaroa

The next day, we stopped in Akaroa for the day. We needed a tender to get off, so we got up early, had breakfast, and  we got off the ship because we thought we had an excursion in the morning swimming with the dolphins. We went to the place where they had it because it was on the same dock where we got off the tender, and it was open at 9am. So we went there and we told them that yesterday, we went online to pay for it, but they did not get it. The lady who was there said that they only had one spot left. My roommate told them that I needed help and she had to come with me. If I could go, I wanted her to go too. And she said, "I can't leave you here alone on the dock." So she said, "Forget it."

Akaroa

And there was nothing open, so we decided to go back because there was nothing to do. We forgot to bring the iPad to email our friend, so we decided to go to the 'queen's lounge' on the cruise ship.  Then we got back on the tender to go back over, and the weather was getting bad and the water was getting rough. So a lot of people didn't want to go out, but we had to. We went over and we met our friend, and we walked around the town. It was a little town; there's not really much to do. After the walk, we went to a coffee shop to have a drink and talk. We spent a couple of hours there and it was super fun, and I wish we had another day there. And when we got back on the tender, the weather was getting cold. The plan was the next day, we would stop in Port Chalmers and go kayaking again, but the weather was getting bad. The captain wanted to get ahead of the weather, so we headed on to Australia.

Akaroa was accessible, but not wheelchair-friendly for most of the places. There was one place that a couple of people had to help get my wheelchair upstairs.