So staying just 1 night at the Fish Tank Lodge first impressions is a nice friendly vibe and even let me check into my room by 10.30am. The common room is welcoming and is painted with cute marine life paintings like dolphins, whales, fish and turtles although the turtle looks angry haha. There is a nice balcony, which is great sun trap when the sun is out and that the cat likes to sit in.
When I arrive there is a german girl Svenla and northern guy who has been in army and travelling called Steve sitting in the common room and they are watching uk TV, which I’ve not seen for awhile but is quite comforting. They both happen to be in my room too, so get to know them a bit and hang out. There is also a French guy called Nicholei in the room. All very friendly.
So only there short time begore head to the dolphins, when I get back about 4 we all start chatting as it’s also raining so everyone is a little hostel bound.
Nicholei heading out for food asks me for places, but new myself join him in the hunt and about 7 go to the SONIC cafe, which has a nice firepit outside and looks welcoming with a giant fish above the sign. The prices aren’t cheap, but similar to other NZ so just what it costs to eat out. I go for a posh lamb kebab with tzatziki and salad that is $17 (£8) and he goes for seafood linguine, which he enjoys. We are there an hour or so and interesting hearing his travel stories of south america and showing me some cool pictures. He is quite into sports too and is really tall so good at basketball. Nice guy.
After food and a cider, we head back as he is up at 5 for the dolphin swim. The others are in the room and so chat together for bit before Steve offers me a tea as has some. An offer I can’t refuse. But kitchen shuts at 10.30pm, so either need to go bed our pop out so we check out local bar called Adelphi which has a few people in it. Cosy with cow skin and zebra fleecy throws its nice sitting there chatting and Steve also has interesting stories from his army days and we get into game if thrones as he has read all the books so telling me the differences!
We are kicked out about 12ish and on way back along the beach get to see all the stars super clearly as so dark and so many. Even see a few shooting stars always very cool. Watching stars and waves at night is a cool thing to do, but it is better when its not so freezing cold haha. A fun night overall and a good hostel to stay in.
The next morning is chilled before my whale watch at 10.30am and enjoy sitting in the painted lounge in the sun, while I wait to go.
5th April 2016