Auckland – Tiri Tiri Metangi Island

We arrive late to Auckland, during rush hour traffic, unlike most of New Zealand, Auckland traffic is quite similar to what we’re use to in North America….driving on the left didn’t help either. We checked into the Crowne Plaza for our two night stay.  Nice central location for everyone.

Next morning I was up early and walked down to the wharf catching the boat to Tiri Tiri Metangi island and the ladies hung out in Auckland.

Auckland  Skyline

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The waters going out to the Island were alive with birds…

Little Blue Penguin

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Fluttering Shearwater

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Australasian Gannet’s were very abundant

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Not sure what type of Jellyfish these are but there were hundreds in the water.

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We docked the boat and were given an orientation speech and off we went in search of birds……

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Variable Oystercatcher greeted us on our arrival.

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Saddleback

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And there were plenty of trails crisscrossing the island

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Blue paper fungus growing on tree

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Wild Takahe can be found raoming, anywhere on the island

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Tui Close Up, this was the most numerous bird

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Spent a few minutes with this bird while it was feeding n grasses

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Bellbird

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Saddleback

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Little Quail

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Kiwi Tracks in Mud

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North Island Robin

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Whitehead

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Whitehead

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Sue had a good day visiting a museum and touring the city…newzealandcookislands2016-478

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New Zealand was fun for us all, there’s something for everyone.

Ciao for now

 

 

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One Response to Auckland – Tiri Tiri Metangi Island

  1. Hats off to New Zealand for clearing the pests from these special places and reintroducing native birds. A true labor of love! We were amazed how many species we got to see while walking across the island.

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