A while ago I had the pleasure to read the book "Seashores, an ecological guide" by Julian Cremona. I knew rocky shores were highly rich ecosystems but this book increased my curiosity so I decided to go exploring the rock pools down by the beach. I undusted my old compact Lumix and water case and spent a few days having a go at underwater photography as the water was quite warm (about two months ago). In the process I learned heaps, discovered species I never heard of and came across some really interesting websites.
A few months ago, Auckland Council advertised a volunteer position to monitor the pair of New Zealand Dotterel nesting at Piha. Since I like shorebirds and I live a few minutes away from the beach, it would have been silly not to come forward. This is what happened after.
Tiritiri Matangi is a pest-free, sanctuary Island located in the Hauraki Gulf in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. According to experts, Tiritiri It's one of the best places in the country for bird spotting.
The Hillary Trail is a stunning multi-day hike across the Waitekere Ranges regional park. Featuring native forest and coastal landscapes, the Hillary is probably the best and most strenuous walk in the Auckland area. It sounded like the perfect plan for this Queen's Birthday long weekend..
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered one of the best one-day walks in the whole world. But why do only one day when you have the option to walk the Northern Circuit which is a 2-3 days walk? Hell yeah, that's what I thought too!
Being one of New Zealand great rides, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail is a great option for a weekend getaway just right outside of Wellington. The official trail starts from Petone but we took the train to Lower Hutt and skip the first bit. In exchange we finished the ride in Eastbourne instead of finishing at the Orongorongo Station.