Winter trip downunder 2013-14 travel blog

Spot the NZ dotterill chick. Port Jackson beach. They are quite rare...

NZ Kingfisher. They are much larger than ours and beside the sea

Terry hugging the kauri trunk

View over Coromandel bay to Long Beach where we cycled to

View from our van at Kuaotunu freedom campsite

It is definitely spring here in the southern hemisphere. The tall spikes of the pahutakawa are everywhere getting ready to burst into crimson glory like tall gladioli and the crimson baxia shrubs are in full blossom too. The birds are in their best breeding plumage and singing and dancing their courtship displays. Some are nest building, mating or even have chicks already. It is great having this time of year twice in one year!

It has been much cloudier today which has been nice as yesterday was very warm for walking. We have had a much quieter day today cycling round the side roads from Coromandel in the morning and having a short nature trail walk to a kauri tree in the afternoon. This is the furthest south kauri tree in NZ. There were tui calling to each other all over the wood.

Late afternoon we left the Coromandel area and headed over the hill range east again towards Whitianga. It was just as steep and windy but this time on tarmac which was not so dusty and much more pleasant to drive.

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