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outside the Te Papa Museum in Wellington, the capital city
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moa and haast’s eagle. Both now extinct. The haast’s eagle was the largest eagle that was known to exist but became extinct shortly after the moa, as the moa was it’s main source of food.
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off of Wellington Harbor, there is an island called Matiu/Somes Island. It used to be a quarantine station for both humans and then animals but is now a predator-free island (with the help of the department of conservation and being very strict on who comes to the island and checks their packs and food for non-native pests).
This is a red-crowned parakeet, native to NZ
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black-backed gull
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info on when it was a quarantine station
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The start of our 3-day canoe trip along the Whanganui River. that’s Adam, the trip leader.
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stopping for a bathroom break
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tree ferns
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along the river, there is a path going up to the ‘Bridge of Nowhere’. It is named that for the reason that no roads ended up being built on either side of the bridge because the area was so remote and unsuitable for farming.
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these were the barrels we used to pack our stuff in so that if/when our canoes tipped, the barrels would float and the stuff inside would stay (mostly) dry. we were able to stay in huts the 2 nights we were on the river… these huts also had kitchens, which was nice.

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the Tongariro Crossing, a 7 hour hike. The little brochure that we had before we headed there said ‘beware..the weather can change from clear to windy and low visibility very quickly without warning.’ We headed there anyway.
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After a few hours.. we started the huge climb up to the summit. We entered a rain cloud.. 50mph wind, cold, steep cliffs, rocks, loose gravel, sideways rain so strong that it felt like sharp needles hitting the face. Luckily, we all made it to the other car park alive (the track ended at a different place then we started). What an experience.

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Mike bought this for a friend back home and was trying it on for size. Though, it seemed a bit long…
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Huka Falls
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“Craters of the Moon” between Lake Taupo and Rotorua
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tree fern
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geothermal area
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manuka flower
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kauri trees
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near Cape Reinga, the northern most tip.
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long van rides..
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took a car ferry to a camping spot during sunset
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waiting for the rest of the group to arrive
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silver fern.. one of New Zealand’s most widely recognized symbols (next to the kiwi).
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Adam (the leader) and Anne (the ornithologist) checking out some birds
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on Motuihe Island (another predator-free island)
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NZ flax
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pukeko feather

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