Cruisy Day at the Aldies! Drones, Diving and Dope Fishcakes!

I’ve been talking for a while with Pete May aka The Flying Kiwi, and photographer Rach Stewart, about getting them out to the Aldies for the first time.

A nice little window popped up, so I put a call in, and got them out on the water. The plan was to gather just enough for a feed on the water - some dope fishcakes, with kumura and hopefully paua, kina and fish. Park up and get some epic drone footage of the Aldies.

The water was super clear, and as we cruised around Slipper Island, Pete capture some epic scenes!


As we ventured further afield a big pod of dolphins graced our presence


We hit the Aldies, and what better to do than don some wetsuits and get a few paua and kina!

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It might have been late May, but the water was super toasty and clear!


The Aldermen Islands are the remnants of a jurassic volcanic crater, one of the earliest sea volcanoes in New Zealand. The terrain is simply epic!


It was time for a feed! Paua, snapper and kina fish cakes - simply dope!

Recipe: Sesame Kingfish with Salsa Verde

Kingfish is such a versatile and under rated fish to eat. I either like it raw as sashimi, or if I can cooking it, like searing it and packing it with heaps of flavour. This is a great way to cook kingfish that is packed with flavour.

I take medallions of the kingfish fillet. Usually off the shoulder or belly. I then coat in sesame seeds, ready to flash fry in a hot pan with oil and a touch of butter at the end.

I top the fish with a salsa verde, there are heaps of recipes for this out there, but basically ingredients to whiz up are:

-Fresh herbs: Basil, mint and parsley

-Capers and gerkhins

-Ren onion


-Lemon and lime juice

-Olive oil

-A little touch of smoked kingfish if you have some

-Apple cider vinegar