The country appears very hilly, and rocks extend along almost the whole shore. One of the rocks, detached from the mainland, had a large hole in it, through which we could see quite plain, though at the distance of more than a mile. We also saw a "shag", a curious looking dark-coloured bird, about the size of a duck, with a very long neck and wings. I was told that it goes into the water for fish, and remians there until it is wet through, when it comes out and perches on a rock, where it sits with its wings outstretched until they are dry.
21st. A splendid morning with a strong breeze from the land having run well all night. About 6 o'clock was seen the grey towering heads of several mountains of NZ and all the forenoon we were able to distinguish here and there the whitened bones of some massive rocks apparently hundreds of feet above the sea. After dinner it was rumered that the wind was too strong and our course being through a narrow passage between the mainland and the Barrier Island where we arrived after dark but the ship was put out to sea and blew right past the entrance after which the wind gently sank down to a dead calm. The ship was then put round and a gentle breeze coming from an opposite quarter we began a returning course to try again with daylight.