I arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, on 3 January 2010 . It was a very windy day. The little aircraft that took me from Aukland (on the South Island of New Zealand) to Wellington (on the North Island) was experiencing quite a few turbulences, but the pilot did a great job and landed the aircraft very smoothly. Right at the airport I run into one of our two co-chief scientists of the expedition, Carlota Escutia (U Granada, Spain) and one of our logging scientists, Trevor Williams (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA).
The ship, the JOIDES resolution (see picture), arrived in port on 4 January, which gave me some time to explore Wellington– a lovely town with a very friendly feeling to it.