Where this celestial pull on the oceans is focussed in narrow ocean channels like Cook Strait
or Tory Channel in the Marlborough Sounds, the water is accelerated to speeds fast enough to power turbines.
After 10 days exploring the North Island, we drove our trusty Maui motorhome into the belly of the Interislander ferry and waved a sad goodbye to gorgeous Wellington as we headed out across Cook Strait
on a 60-mile, three-hour journey to the South Island.
The Ocean's Seven marathon consists of seven long-distance open-water swims, which includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait
, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar.
"Wellington has already seen gusts of 160 (kph) … earlier today, and Cook Strait
recorded mean wind speeds of 130 km/hr and 11-metre (36 feet) waves this morning," he said.
Here, we investigate the spread of the Cook Strait
giant weta, Deinacrida rugosa Buller, 1871, after 62 individuals were released on Matiu/Somes Island, Wellington, New Zealand, in 1996 (Gas-coigne 1996; Fig.
New Zealand's two main components are the North Island and the South Island, separated by Cook Strait
. The North Island is long and volcanic in its south-central part.
She first swam the English Channel at age 15 and was the first woman to swim across Cook Strait
But as we left the shelter of the Marlborough Sounds and entered the open waters of the Cook Strait
, the azure sky disappeared and we hit the tail end of a swell caused by a 200mph hurricane.
It was early March - still late summer in this part of the world - when my wife Jenny and I boarded an inter-island ferry in Wellington for the three-hour voyage across the often turbulent Cook Strait
Ahead of us were ten glorious days exploring the area gradually making our way south to Wellington prior to boarding the ferry across the Cook Strait
to Picton - the jumping off point for our two-week tour of the much more mountainous and dramatic South Island.
Owned by Cantabrian businessman Anthony Leighs, this strong performance is Crusader's third recent race victory, having won the Groupama New Caledonia Race at the end of 2014 and taken line honours in the 2015 Cook Strait