At sunrise, National Geographic Orion set anchor in a quiet inlet of Big Barrier Island. Big Barrier/Aotea is the sixth largest island in the nation of New Zealand.

We spent our day exploring the island, hiking up Warren’s Track, a lush green trail that leads to a clear swimming hole at the base of a waterfall.

After cocktail hour, Remmie and his crew served a delicious gourmet dinner in the restaurant. Naturalist Martin closed off the evening with his hilarious presentation, ‘Who would win in a fight between a Kangaroo and a Kiwi?’