Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Vacation from my holiday

I'm now back from my little adventure up the coast. It was a nice couple days away.

The hostel where I stayed was on a cliff above the coast...great view.

On Wednesday, I went to Kapiti Island, a Department of Conservation wildlife preserve.

I hiked to the top of the 520-meter peak--a 100-minute hike through winding trails. The view was totally worth it. I could see both the north and south islands at once. The top of the south island can be seen below.

And the North behind me:

The island is coated in thick forest, including ferns, palms and other tropical trees.

There were lots of friendly birds on the island, including plenty of wekas, who were also top-notch pickpockets, digging through any pack left within their reach.

And the kakas were determined to get everyone's lunch.

It was a great trip.

Did I mention great views from the hostel?

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