From swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura, to meeting friendly locals in Nelson, this is National Geographic editor and travel columnist Heather Greenwood Davis' New Zealand journey. 


Nat Geo Explorers taste the fresh seafood of Nin's Bin, a family-owned favorite roadside stop for visitors and locals in Kaikoura with owner Johnny Clark.


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Swim with dolphins in the wild

Heather joined Lynette Buurman from Encounter Kaikoura for an afternoon of swimming with the dolphins just off the east coast of the South Island.

I remember popping my head out of the water a few times just to look around and remind myself, this isn’t a green screen, this isn’t a movie, this is real. These animals are here, and just with me. It was an incredible moment.

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