• Seclusion and isolation – southern end of Bain Bay

Lake Brunner – A Secluded Piece of Paradise

June 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Lake Brunner has become a very popular summer destination for many Kiwis, many of whom own holiday homes on the shores of the lake. I recently discovered a secluded piece of paradise tucked away on the south-western side of the lake, away from the busy boat traffic, jet skis and water skiers. Requiring little more [...]

  • Whale’s Tale Photo Whale Watch Kaikoura

Kaikoura – Whales and Walks

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This issue we’re providing updates on walking/hiking trails around Kaikoura district. Most of the regular hiking trails are open and the town is ready to welcome visitors. The marine life has not been affected at all. Local tourism operators have said the whale, dolphin, seal and albatross viewings have been as good as, if not [...]

  • New arrival at the Thames Butterfly Garden, Honey the lorikeet. Other exotic finches there include Red Faced Parrotfinches, Firefinches, Orange-breasted Waxbills and Gouldians

A Butterfly Treasure

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

The Butterfly Garden in Thames was the first in New Zealand, started in 2000 by a Swiss couple, Roger and Sabina Gass. Now owned by Colin Anderson, it is a ‘must-see’ for visitors, who can wander amongst a stunning variety of winged colour darting, fluttering, exploring and landing in a humid exotic-planted garden house. Colin, [...]

  • Wild juvenile black stilt resting in the sun, Tasman valley

Black Stilt (Kaki) Breeding Programme – Twizel

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Back in the early 1980s the kakī population totalled just 23 birds. In 1981 the Department of Conservation initiated a captive-breeding programme in the MacKenzie country town of Twizel which has seen the wild population of adult birds soar to 106 in 2017. This fantastic result includes an increase from four productive kakī pairs in [...]

Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is set on the shores of Lake Te Anau and is an easy 15-minute walk from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. What makes the sanctuary quite special is that during the daily feeding time (9.30am in summer and 10.30am during winter) you have the chance to step inside the [...]

Moutohora – Whale’s Song

December 21st, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

We don’t have long to wait before seeing something special on Whale Island (Moutohora). Within a couple of minutes of disembarking from our boat, the Moutohora Cat, our lead guide Jenny kneels down on the sand and points out kiwi footprints meandering through the tussock. “You’ll never find a kiwi walking in a straight [...]