Kiwi Wandering in Aotearoa

Published 08 Apr 2015 
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On the job at NZ Institute of Landscape Architects' annual conference, Rotorua<br/>I attended the conference for 2.5 days, presenting on our contribution to Gondwana Link, and assisting with field trips. On the job at NZ Institute of Landscape Architects' annual conference, Rotorua
I attended the conference for 2.5 days, presenting on our contribution to Gondwana Link, and assisting with field trips.
Nile River Caves, West Coast<br/>Exploring the relatively recently-discovered Nile River karst cave system with its brilliant glow-worms was probably the highlight of our trip. Nile River Caves, West Coast
Exploring the relatively recently-discovered Nile River karst cave system with its brilliant glow-worms was probably the highlight of our trip.
Te Henga/Bethells' Beach, Auckland west coast<br/>NZ's east and west coasts are dramatically different.  The west often dark and wild..... Te Henga/Bethells' Beach, Auckland west coast
NZ's east and west coasts are dramatically different. The west often dark and wild.....
Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula <br/>The Royal Albatross Centre out from Dunedin well worth a visit.  This is a shag nesting colony, but there's a nesting Royal at lower right.  Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula
The Royal Albatross Centre out from Dunedin well worth a visit. This is a shag nesting colony, but there's a nesting Royal at lower right.
Poolburn Viaduct, Central Otago Rail Trail<br/>The 150-km cycle trail through Central Otago is wonderful in high summer. Poolburn Viaduct, Central Otago Rail Trail
The 150-km cycle trail through Central Otago is wonderful in high summer.
Matukituki River, Lake Wanaka, Central Otago <br/>South Island high country.  Always exhilarating getting up there. Matukituki River, Lake Wanaka, Central Otago
South Island high country. Always exhilarating getting up there.
Fiordland Crested Penguin, Jackson Bay, South Westland<br/>My first ever meeting with one of these fellas. Fiordland Crested Penguin, Jackson Bay, South Westland
My first ever meeting with one of these fellas.
Jackson River, South Westland<br/>The sparse population of remote and rugged South Westland survives on a mix of fishing, farming and tourism. Jackson River, South Westland
The sparse population of remote and rugged South Westland survives on a mix of fishing, farming and tourism.
Dune lakes, Haast, South Westland<br/>Quantity and quality of interp throughout NZ is impressive. Dune lakes, Haast, South Westland
Quantity and quality of interp throughout NZ is impressive.
Bruce Bay, South Westland<br/>Where the terrace rimu forests of the Southwest NZ World Heritage Area extend to the very edge of the Tasman Sea. Bruce Bay, South Westland
Where the terrace rimu forests of the Southwest NZ World Heritage Area extend to the very edge of the Tasman Sea.
Mt Tasman (left) and Mt Cook (right)<br/>The obligatory scenic shots across Lake Matheson. Mt Tasman (left) and Mt Cook (right)
The obligatory scenic shots across Lake Matheson.
Okarito, South Westland<br/>Forests around Okarito Lagoon support rowi, NZ's rarest kiwi species, with possibly as few as 300 individuals. Okarito, South Westland
Forests around Okarito Lagoon support rowi, NZ's rarest kiwi species, with possibly as few as 300 individuals.
Porarari River, West Coast<br/>Limestone, rain, and a warm climate deriving from a warm ocean current down the northen part of the West Coast make for impossible luxuriance of nikau, NZ's only native palm.  Porarari River, West Coast
Limestone, rain, and a warm climate deriving from a warm ocean current down the northen part of the West Coast make for impossible luxuriance of nikau, NZ's only native palm.
Pancake Rocks, Punakaki, West Coast<br/> Pancake Rocks, Punakaki, West Coast
Powelliphanta snail, West Coast<br/>My first ever meeting with a live one of these too.  These guys are big, and make a great meal for a feral pig..... Powelliphanta snail, West Coast
My first ever meeting with a live one of these too. These guys are big, and make a great meal for a feral pig.....
Limestone arch on the Oparara River, Kahurangi National Park<br/>More karst country in the Oparara Basin, with dramatic arches over the river, and beautiful podocarp-beech forest. Limestone arch on the Oparara River, Kahurangi National Park
More karst country in the Oparara Basin, with dramatic arches over the river, and beautiful podocarp-beech forest.
Kohaihai River, Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park<br/> Southern entrance to the Heaphy. Kohaihai River, Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park
Southern entrance to the Heaphy.
Abel Tasman National Park<br/>When the weather's right, Abel Tasman is a paddlers' paradise. Abel Tasman National Park
When the weather's right, Abel Tasman is a paddlers' paradise.
Boulder Bank, Nelson<br/>Conservation focuses also on geomorphological features.  Boulder Bank, Nelson
Conservation focuses also on geomorphological features.
Pelorus River, top of the South Island<br/>So much pristine fresh water in NZ! Pelorus River, top of the South Island
So much pristine fresh water in NZ!
Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington<br/>The future can no longer be 'What is going to happen?'  It is 'What are we going to do?'. Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington
The future can no longer be 'What is going to happen?' It is 'What are we going to do?'.
Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, north of Wellington<br/>Island reserves have long been a feature of the conservation effort in NZ, with Kapiti being one of the early ones.   Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, north of Wellington
Island reserves have long been a feature of the conservation effort in NZ, with Kapiti being one of the early ones.
Hiruharama/Jerusalem on the Whanganui River, North Island<br/>The drive up the Whanganui River Road traverses Whanganui National Park and a string of small Maori settlements including Hiruharama with its Catholic church and convent. Hiruharama/Jerusalem on the Whanganui River, North Island
The drive up the Whanganui River Road traverses Whanganui National Park and a string of small Maori settlements including Hiruharama with its Catholic church and convent.
Craters of the Moon, Taupo<br/>No trip to NZ is complete without a visit to at least one geothermal reserve. Craters of the Moon, Taupo
No trip to NZ is complete without a visit to at least one geothermal reserve.
Ohope Beach, eastern Bay of Plenty<br/>Best pohutukawa forest on the NZ mainland, just over the hill from Whakatane, where I grew up. Ohope Beach, eastern Bay of Plenty
Best pohutukawa forest on the NZ mainland, just over the hill from Whakatane, where I grew up.
Historic Tauranga 'harp suspension bridge', Waioeka Gorge,eastern Bay of Plenty<br/>One of only two such bridges in NZ, built to service a farming endeavour that ultimately failed in tough country. Historic Tauranga 'harp suspension bridge', Waioeka Gorge,eastern Bay of Plenty
One of only two such bridges in NZ, built to service a farming endeavour that ultimately failed in tough country.
Te Awa a Tamatea/Waioeka Journey, eastern Bay of Plenty<br/>Nice work on construction of one of seven sites I designed for this project through Waioeka Gorge before I left 7 years ago.  Te Awa a Tamatea/Waioeka Journey, eastern Bay of Plenty
Nice work on construction of one of seven sites I designed for this project through Waioeka Gorge before I left 7 years ago.
Moutohora/Whale Island Wildlife Reserve, eastern Bay of Plenty<br/>My favourite place on the planet, where for 20 years I took my young family for a week every summer on the annual firewatch roster. Moutohora/Whale Island Wildlife Reserve, eastern Bay of Plenty
My favourite place on the planet, where for 20 years I took my young family for a week every summer on the annual firewatch roster.
Hamurana Spring, Rotorua<br/>Largest freshwater spring in the North Island. Hamurana Spring, Rotorua
Largest freshwater spring in the North Island.
Okere River, Rotorua<br/>Rafters taking a shower under the biggest commercially-rafted drop in NZ. Okere River, Rotorua
Rafters taking a shower under the biggest commercially-rafted drop in NZ.
Through February and March I acted as guide for my mate Zoe on her first visit across the ditch.  We enjoyed a stunning NZ summer, the great hospitality for which Kiwis are renowned, and the extraordinary beauty of the 'Shaky Isles'.  We arrived back late Saturday 28 March, just in time to switch allegiances before the World Cricket Cup final at the MCG the following day!  These are just a few images of the 'conservation' aspects of our trip...
On the job at NZ Institute of Landscape Architects' annual conference, Rotorua<br/>I attended the conference for 2.5 days, presenting on our contribution to Gondwana Link, and assisting with field trips. On the job at NZ Institute of Landscape Architects' annual conference, Rotorua
I attended the conference for 2.5 days, presenting on our contribution to Gondwana Link, and assisting with field trips.
Nile River Caves, West Coast<br/>Exploring the relatively recently-discovered Nile River karst cave system with its brilliant glow-worms was probably the highlight of our trip. Nile River Caves, West Coast
Exploring the relatively recently-discovered Nile River karst cave system with its brilliant glow-worms was probably the highlight of our trip.
Te Henga/Bethells' Beach, Auckland west coast<br/>NZ's east and west coasts are dramatically different.  The west often dark and wild..... Te Henga/Bethells' Beach, Auckland west coast
NZ's east and west coasts are dramatically different. The west often dark and wild.....
Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula <br/>The Royal Albatross Centre out from Dunedin well worth a visit.  This is a shag nesting colony, but there's a nesting Royal at lower right.  Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula
The Royal Albatross Centre out from Dunedin well worth a visit. This is a shag nesting colony, but there's a nesting Royal at lower right.
Poolburn Viaduct, Central Otago Rail Trail<br/>The 150-km cycle trail through Central Otago is wonderful in high summer. Poolburn Viaduct, Central Otago Rail Trail
The 150-km cycle trail through Central Otago is wonderful in high summer.
Matukituki River, Lake Wanaka, Central Otago <br/>South Island high country.  Always exhilarating getting up there. Matukituki River, Lake Wanaka, Central Otago
South Island high country. Always exhilarating getting up there.
Fiordland Crested Penguin, Jackson Bay, South Westland<br/>My first ever meeting with one of these fellas. Fiordland Crested Penguin, Jackson Bay, South Westland
My first ever meeting with one of these fellas.
Jackson River, South Westland<br/>The sparse population of remote and rugged South Westland survives on a mix of fishing, farming and tourism. Jackson River, South Westland
The sparse population of remote and rugged South Westland survives on a mix of fishing, farming and tourism.
Dune lakes, Haast, South Westland<br/>Quantity and quality of interp throughout NZ is impressive. Dune lakes, Haast, South Westland
Quantity and quality of interp throughout NZ is impressive.
Bruce Bay, South Westland<br/>Where the terrace rimu forests of the Southwest NZ World Heritage Area extend to the very edge of the Tasman Sea. Bruce Bay, South Westland
Where the terrace rimu forests of the Southwest NZ World Heritage Area extend to the very edge of the Tasman Sea.
Mt Tasman (left) and Mt Cook (right)<br/>The obligatory scenic shots across Lake Matheson. Mt Tasman (left) and Mt Cook (right)
The obligatory scenic shots across Lake Matheson.
Okarito, South Westland<br/>Forests around Okarito Lagoon support rowi, NZ's rarest kiwi species, with possibly as few as 300 individuals. Okarito, South Westland
Forests around Okarito Lagoon support rowi, NZ's rarest kiwi species, with possibly as few as 300 individuals.
Porarari River, West Coast<br/>Limestone, rain, and a warm climate deriving from a warm ocean current down the northen part of the West Coast make for impossible luxuriance of nikau, NZ's only native palm.  Porarari River, West Coast
Limestone, rain, and a warm climate deriving from a warm ocean current down the northen part of the West Coast make for impossible luxuriance of nikau, NZ's only native palm.
Pancake Rocks, Punakaki, West Coast<br/> Pancake Rocks, Punakaki, West Coast
Powelliphanta snail, West Coast<br/>My first ever meeting with a live one of these too.  These guys are big, and make a great meal for a feral pig..... Powelliphanta snail, West Coast
My first ever meeting with a live one of these too. These guys are big, and make a great meal for a feral pig.....
Limestone arch on the Oparara River, Kahurangi National Park<br/>More karst country in the Oparara Basin, with dramatic arches over the river, and beautiful podocarp-beech forest. Limestone arch on the Oparara River, Kahurangi National Park
More karst country in the Oparara Basin, with dramatic arches over the river, and beautiful podocarp-beech forest.
Kohaihai River, Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park<br/> Southern entrance to the Heaphy. Kohaihai River, Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park
Southern entrance to the Heaphy.
Abel Tasman National Park<br/>When the weather's right, Abel Tasman is a paddlers' paradise. Abel Tasman National Park
When the weather's right, Abel Tasman is a paddlers' paradise.
Boulder Bank, Nelson<br/>Conservation focuses also on geomorphological features.  Boulder Bank, Nelson
Conservation focuses also on geomorphological features.
Pelorus River, top of the South Island<br/>So much pristine fresh water in NZ! Pelorus River, top of the South Island
So much pristine fresh water in NZ!
Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington<br/>The future can no longer be 'What is going to happen?'  It is 'What are we going to do?'. Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington
The future can no longer be 'What is going to happen?' It is 'What are we going to do?'.
Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, north of Wellington<br/>Island reserves have long been a feature of the conservation effort in NZ, with Kapiti being one of the early ones.   Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, north of Wellington
Island reserves have long been a feature of the conservation effort in NZ, with Kapiti being one of the early ones.
Hiruharama/Jerusalem on the Whanganui River, North Island<br/>The drive up the Whanganui River Road traverses Whanganui National Park and a string of small Maori settlements including Hiruharama with its Catholic church and convent. Hiruharama/Jerusalem on the Whanganui River, North Island
The drive up the Whanganui River Road traverses Whanganui National Park and a string of small Maori settlements including Hiruharama with its Catholic church and convent.
Craters of the Moon, Taupo<br/>No trip to NZ is complete without a visit to at least one geothermal reserve. Craters of the Moon, Taupo
No trip to NZ is complete without a visit to at least one geothermal reserve.
Ohope Beach, eastern Bay of Plenty<br/>Best pohutukawa forest on the NZ mainland, just over the hill from Whakatane, where I grew up. Ohope Beach, eastern Bay of Plenty
Best pohutukawa forest on the NZ mainland, just over the hill from Whakatane, where I grew up.
Historic Tauranga 'harp suspension bridge', Waioeka Gorge,eastern Bay of Plenty<br/>One of only two such bridges in NZ, built to service a farming endeavour that ultimately failed in tough country. Historic Tauranga 'harp suspension bridge', Waioeka Gorge,eastern Bay of Plenty
One of only two such bridges in NZ, built to service a farming endeavour that ultimately failed in tough country.
Te Awa a Tamatea/Waioeka Journey, eastern Bay of Plenty<br/>Nice work on construction of one of seven sites I designed for this project through Waioeka Gorge before I left 7 years ago.  Te Awa a Tamatea/Waioeka Journey, eastern Bay of Plenty
Nice work on construction of one of seven sites I designed for this project through Waioeka Gorge before I left 7 years ago.
Moutohora/Whale Island Wildlife Reserve, eastern Bay of Plenty<br/>My favourite place on the planet, where for 20 years I took my young family for a week every summer on the annual firewatch roster. Moutohora/Whale Island Wildlife Reserve, eastern Bay of Plenty
My favourite place on the planet, where for 20 years I took my young family for a week every summer on the annual firewatch roster.
Hamurana Spring, Rotorua<br/>Largest freshwater spring in the North Island. Hamurana Spring, Rotorua
Largest freshwater spring in the North Island.
Okere River, Rotorua<br/>Rafters taking a shower under the biggest commercially-rafted drop in NZ. Okere River, Rotorua
Rafters taking a shower under the biggest commercially-rafted drop in NZ.