On the Ferry with Fullers: Q&A
On the Ferry with Fullers: Gary and Christine Thomas
The many ferry services here on the Shore provide numerous options for having fun on the Hauraki Gulf, day and night. This month Channel chatted to a couple of visitors enjoying a day - and night - of ferry travel around our shores.
Names and occupations?
Gary and Christine Thomas, retired.
Today we’ve taken the ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Island, then taken the Auckland City to Devonport ferry in the evening to go out for dinner and drinks.
The purpose of your trip?
We used to own a bird and wildlife sanctuary in England before retiring and we’re on a tour of New Zealand trying to learn as much about the native birdlife as we can. We went on a guided tour of Tiritiri Matangi today and heard all about the incredible and rare species of birds that live there. It’s fascinating to think that birds existed before humans, and they’re still here to this day! Then we thought we’d make the most of our three-day stay in Auckland by catching the ferry again - it’s not something we can do where we live in England! - over to Devonport. We’d heard what a nice place it is, so chose to come over for dinner and a pint or two in the British-style pub over here.
Favourite spot on board?
We’ve enjoyed sitting outside and taking in the fabulous views today. It’ll also be good to head back on the ferry now in the dark and sit outside to see the city lights. It’d be too cold to do that in England!
What else could you do in the time it takes you to make the crossing?
Gary: Come up with a new design for my next ceramic artwork! It’s another passion of mine, as well as my interest in the natural world.
Christine: Send some photos of our trip to our jealous family and friends back home!
If you could alight anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
India - we had an amazing trip there last year and would definitely look to go back to a different area of the country on a future holiday.
An all-time favourite captain?
Captain James Cook - not only did he circumnavigate and map the complete coastline of New Zealand, but he brought a botanist - Joseph Banks - with him to discover as much as possible about the native wildlife of this and many other countries.