Some of you were looking forward to my Kapiti Island snaps... so I figured it was about time I posted them.
Stepping onto the island, for me, was almost like stepping into a movie set. There was dense native bush stretching up the mountain, Kakas (native parrots) flying overhead, driftwood beaches, wekas (ground dwelling birds) running around... I was so happy to be there! My photos do not do the island or it's bird life any justice at all, but here are a few pics.
One of the stretches of beach -
This next photo is of a Weka. As there are no predators on the island the birds have little fear of humans, which is great for seeing them up close.
There are two tracks to the summit of the island (Mt Tuteremoana), the steep Trig track or the slightly less steep Wilkinson track. We took the Trig track (as seen in the photo below) and never saw another soul until reaching the summit two hours later. My DH is very patient. I am not as fit as him but he never lets me get too far behind.
This photo is looking skyward at the regenerating native forest. Unfortunately, early settlers to Kapiti Island spent a long time burning off the native bush for farm land. It is now being restored by the conservation department.
New Zealand has a lot of driftwood beaches, but I don't think I've ever seen this much in one place! When my DH came to live in NZ he didn't settle very well, even though he had been here a number of times before. It turned out one of the things that irked him was "all the bloody wood on the beaches, I hate it". Which we laugh about now, and really laughed about when we saw this scene!
This last photo is looking back towards the North Island. Unfortunately, when we reached the summit we were in the clouds. It would have been a stunning view on a nicer day. But that's OK, I definitely see more visits to Kapiti in my future.
We didn't know it, but as we departed the island there was one last treat in store for us. The boat slowed down, did a circle and then stopped. We were surrounded by a pod of dolphins! It couldn't have ended better!
Have a great weekend (we are being battered by storms - so great stitching weather so long as we don't have any more power outages!).