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Up north – visiting the kiwi

Posted by admin On August - 16 - 2006

The fixing of my photo camera takes about a week. So I decided to travel up north again to Whangarei to see the waterfalls. After I will go to Tutukaka for diving the ‘Poor Knights Islands’. Then I wanted to go to Pahia at the Bay of Islands. From there to Cape Reinga the northern point of New Zealand. Because I had no car I booked the ‘Stray Bus’. The driver was nice and funny and on the first day we stopped at a native forest with a 800 years old Kauri. Look at the pictures how small I am compared to this anciant giant…
Then we stopped at the ‘Native Bird Recovery Center’ of Robert and his wife. They take care since ages of the native birds. If you wanna touch a real kiwi you have only here the chance. I touched the cute ‘Sparky’. He is one-legged, so he can’t live in the wild again. Unfortunately he was trapped once. But here he found a new home. There is also the funny talking tui ‘Woof woof’ and a kissing Indian miner bird called ‘Morris’.
In the afternoon I checked in at the ‘Whangarei Falls Backpackers’. But this was a bad choice. The couple who owns this place was very grumpy. My room was ice cold at night and when I turned on the heater the fire alarm immediately started. Had a really bad night. But at least the Whangarei falls are beautiful…

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