Overnight, the bridge team of National Geographic Orion navigated from Kaikoura to Abel Tasman National Park on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. We spent our morning either hiking the green hills or kayaking the blue waters. The forested trails, most of which have been eradicated of invasive flora and fauna, allow the native species to shine. Our kayakers observed a variety of birdlife, including spotted shags, pied shags, terns, fluttering shearwaters, and even a harrier hawk! We also spotted an eagle ray cruising the shoreline, which was a highlight for everyone. After a delicious lunch on board National Geographic Orion, we sailed towards Picton and learned from field staff lectures in the afternoon. What a fantastic and unforgettable day!