Karori Bird Sanctuary

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28th, 2007 by Jo

We went out for a picnic to the Bird Sanctuary. Lovely three hour walk in the sun.

Cousin Jane

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27th, 2007 by Jo

Cousin Jane invited us all over to her house for a lovely lunch and Lula got to hang out with her Great uncle Cedric. She particularly liked Jane and Colin’s dog Archer, who has been very patient and friendly considering the fact that Lula threw him a few steps down the stairs…. Thankfully he was ok and Lula got told that it is not right! She only meant well.

Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25th, 2007 by Jo

Merry Christmas!

More North Island

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21st, 2007 by Jo

First pictures

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19th, 2007 by Jo

Aotearoa

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18th, 2007 by Jo

We’ve been in New Zealand since the beginning of the month now and I have not used the internet. I have not uploaded any pictures yet neither…

We have been the first few days in Wellington seeing some of Warwick’s friends, Mindi has been amazing. I absolutely love the funky coffee shops all serving savoury muffins and Fluffy’s (in UK called Babyccino) frothy milk with chocolote on top with a little marshmallow or marshmallow fish in chocolate called chocolate fish. Lula looks so grown up drinking it :)

There is so much space here and Lula runs around “free” and so many animals and birds here. We see so many great hawks looking for there prey (it would suck to be a mouse here) and sheep and cows and horses and birds, birds, birds. The takehi is just such an enormous bird and kiwi’s are such funny creatures.

After getting over our jetlag we departed on a trip round the North Island. We went via Napier, Rotorua (just loved the Mauri show in Te Pui), Taupo, Auckland- where we’ve been hanging around with James and Analima, who have been such amazing hosts, Dargaville and Baylys beach (it’s on the Tasman sea and it is so white and huge!) and are now in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands.

We are in a new place called Wharepuke in a great cabin overlooking a subtropical garden with huge butterflies and caterpillars feeding of the bamboo, banana trees and palms and it’s so hot. I would recommend this accommodation to anyone – definitely a highlight of the trip! It’s beautiful.

Few hours ago we have seen the unbelievable Tane Mahuta (Lord of the forest) the most massive kauri known to stand today. It is 51 metres (169 feet) in height, and has a circumference of 13.8 metres (45 feet). There is no proof of the tree’s age, but it is estimated to be between 1250 and 2500 years old.

Weather is fabulous and it is hard to believe that it will be Christmas in a week!