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Observation Rock

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  • Day17

    Stewart Island Day 2

    December 29, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Hired electric bikes and rode out to Lee Bay which is the start of the national park. Joined the Rakiura Track for 30min walk to Small River and spent some time exploring the beach.

    Lunch back in Oban and then on the bikes to Ackers Point. Then over to Golden Bay for a swim.

    In the evening we went looking for Kiwi and had an amazing experience when two came hurtling through the bush chasing one another. They stopped by us and walked between our legs, pecking at shoes and socks before heading on back into the undergrowth. Heading back to the Hostel we saw another along the road.Read more

  • Day16

    Travelling to oban

    December 27, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We travelled to Stewart island today. We drove to bluff to catch the ferry that lucky there was a space on because we couldn't book it due to it being Christmas. The crossing was good fun and on a few waves you could feel the boat fall down the other side as your stomach lifted up. We saw a few mollyhawks which are a type of albatross. When we arrived in oban we had the good idea to stop for lunch less than 10min after getting off the ferry. The hostel was very nice and in the afternoon dad and I did some exploring and went to bathing beach. Dad went for a swim that was apparently pretty chilly. On the way back from the beach we saw a wood pigeon really close up. After dinner ali, dad, mum and I went to look for kiwis but we had no luck.

    Figure 1: me at the back of the boat
    Figure 2: dad, mum and Ali trekking up a hill
    Figure 3: bathing beach
    Figure 4:dad swimming
    Figure 5: wood pigeon
    Figure 6: kiwi sign
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  • Day17

    2nd day in oban

    December 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    For our full day in Stewart island we hired some electric bikes to get around faster. We first cycled to rakiura track and did the first 20min or so and managed to walk to little river which was a nice beach. We cycled then to ackers point and saw a molly hawk there as well on the rocks. Over the couple of days we 2ere we saw loads of different birds including, kakas, parakeets, tuis and wood pigeons. It had been very hot during the day so we decided to head over to golden bay for a quick dip which was very nice but a bit chilly, the water was incredibly clear. By this point it was almost time to give the bikes back so we headed back to the shes to hand them in. Although we didnt see any kiwis the previous night we decided to go out again and it had been raining which we were told is better for the kiwis so we would be more likely to see them, so we headed out. We headed to the same place as before and almost as soon as we got there we heard an enormous racket as two kiwis thundered through the Bush. I'll be honest I thought it was a dog that was going to burst out and bite me. They sprinted across the path it was quite hard to see them so we justed waited on the track very still. We could hear them eating and scratching around in the Bush. Then they started to come closer to the path and we could see them. We stood very still and quite and they came up onto the path walking slowly and pecked at our shoes for a little while and then they would chase each other off into the Bush and then come back up to us. This happened a few times until they wondered off and we headed back to the hostel pretty spaces out.

    Figure 1: panorama of little river beach
    Figure 2: me infront if the sea
    Figure 3: the kiwi (turn up the brightness)
    Figure 4: horseshoe bay
    Figure 5: golden bay
    Figure 6: oban
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  • Day51

    Stewart island 18.-21.12.

    December 18, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅

    Willmer de Flug chli günstiger becho hend hemmer eus beschlosse uf Stewart island z'flüüge. De Flug isch recht holprig gsi und de Jan isch zwüscheziitlich chli bleich worde😂.

    Nachdemmer i eusem mega gmüetliche Hostel achoo sind hemmer de Namitag nochli Dihei gnosse. Am Abig spat simmer denn ufs nöche Rugbyfeld, wills gheisse hett det gsehtmer no öppedie wildi Kiwis. Und tatsächlich hemmer denn zwei gseh. 🎉 de eint hett öppe 30cm vor eusne Füess aghalte und agfange esse😎.
    De einti Kiwi wo chli verschrocke isch vor anderne Lüt isch i paar Sekunde übers ganze Feld graast. Sind aso cheibe schnell die Vögeli.

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    Because we got a discount we flew to Stewart island instead of taking the ferry on the rough sea!
    It was quite funny and bumpy... Do you know the feeling when falling down and feeling weightless? Kind of like a rollercoaster.
    We felt it almost every 5seconds 😅 what a funny flight! (especially for Jan, he lost his skin colour and turned white during the flight - but he was still smiling 😅)

    After surviving the 20min flight we went to our hostel to chill out 'till it gets dark to go kiwispotting.
    Indeed we saw two kiwis running around and feeding on the rugby field!! (it was to dark to take pictures...) one came straight towards us and was 30cm away in the end!! They look even funnier than we imagined 😊

    There's a friendly Robin and a Weka, wich cannot fly on the picture
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  • Day52

    Seeing the Blue Penguins again...

    December 19, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅

    Nebst am Kiwi spotting simmer uf Stewart Island no go laufe und uf Ulva Island (e Insle wo vollständig befreit isch vo igschleppte Ratte, Marder etc.) d'Vogelwelt det blüet wieder richtig uf mir hend Vögel gseh wo mal fast uusgstorbe gsi sind😃.

    Amene Abig simmer no go Pinguin luege, dasmal hemmer sogar chönne Föteli mache!!

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    Besides the Kiwis we also saw alot of other special birds. Some almost extict species wich only live on predator free islands in New Zealand. We saw them on Ulva island, a small island in a bay of Stuart island.

    In the evening we went to the jetty to watch the little blue penguins come back ashore from a day at sea.

    1 Kaka
    2 Tui
    3 new zealand Pigeon (very clumsy)
    4 Tomtit
    5 Saddleback
    6 little blue penguin
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  • Day159

    Happy Birthday, Chrissy! ❤

    March 18, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅

    Hey Schwesterherz, dieser Eintrag ist nur für dich.
    Ich wünsche dir alles Beste auf der Welt und denke ganz doll an dich, auch wenn ich noch so weit weg bin. 🙈
    Feier schön! 😙

  • Day179

    Dunedin & Stewart Island Teil 1

    February 11, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅

    Dunedin hat schöne "alte" Gebäude, zB den Bahnhof und die älteste Kirche Otagos. Auch einen Teil des riesigen botanischen Gartens haben wir gesehen. Es wird gegen Süden wieder etwas tropischer.
    Vorallem auf Stewart Island sieht man das dann und das nicht nur weils geregnet hat. Hier hat es Farne und dichten Dschungel, viele Vögel, uA auch wieder Kakas. Kiwis sehen wir hoffentlich morgen Abend.
    Allgemein ist hier wenig los, die Insel hat 500 Einwohner, weniger als 30Km Straße aber über 200Km Wanderwege...
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