After nine months of saying I will do so, I finally went to Zealandia, a local bird sanctuary. The sanctuary covers 225 hectares over a couple of valleys with a man-made reservoir. The whole sanctuary is free of predators like rats, stoats, cats and dogs, all of which pose a serious threat to New Zealand’s native wildlife. It’s about ten minutes from downtown Wellington. That’s right – the pictures below are that close to New Zealand’s capital city.  Continue reading

Paekakariki Escarpment

After handing in three of four uni papers yesterday, I decided it was high time I went for another decent hike! Our local train network was completely free today (to ‘thank’ us ratepayers for our contribution?), so I headed up the Kapiti Line to tackle the Paekakariki Escarpment. Continue reading