Saturday, 13 May 2017

Sunday afternoon stroll

This afternoon we drove out to Tunnel Beach and walked down the hill.  There was no wind so even though the sun couldn't reach us it wasn't too cold. I've never been down there before, it's a bit of a hike and lots of tourists, but worth the effort.  Next time we'll plan a bit better and go at low tide






Andrew explored a small dead-end tunnel


We didn't realise where Andrew and Eva had taken off to until we saw them over there, looking for stones to throw off the cliff...

Eva still had energy to run when we got back to the car

Saturday, 22 April 2017

And then Larnach's Castle

After lunch at the Albatross Colony we headed back along the peninsula to Larnach's Castle.  Often, lately, that area of the peninsula has been in fog but today it was warm and clear.



We went for a wander through the gardens, which had a bit of an Alice in Wonderland theme




The South Seas garden was warm and sunny and had the best view.








Red Admiral on Astrantia

Eva had firm control of the map



Oh we're all just soooo exhausted!



We found the Red Queen's Throne, ideal for photos













the Lost Rock Garden
Quite a satisfactory adventure

Royal albatross colony visit

Our adventure for these holidays was a trip to the Taiaroa Head Albatross Colony.  It was a long but very beautiful drive right down the peninsula on a lovely sunny day.  The man who sold us our tickets was very kind and upgraded us for free so we could see the gun tunnels as well.  After a talk and a DVD about the history and wildlife of Taiaroa Head, we walked up the hill to the viewing house, to see 4 albatross chicks in their nests.



in the centre-top of this photo you can see Stewart Island shag nests, which are shaped like chimney pots


Armstrong RBL 6 inch disappearing gun


Old jail



 Semi-tame whitefaced heron which was hanging about the carpark, posing for photos
Bryony caught this shot of it flying away

Little blue penguins come up here in the evening



There's that heron again!

Just as we were leaving we saw an albatross flying circuits above us, it didn't look very big until we saw it fly past a harrier, which is a pretty big bird itself.  Everyone was glad we got to see one before we left.