Saturday, November 19, 2016

On the third day there was a boat trip planned in the Hauraki Gulf, but was cancelled due to the bad weather arriving in the afternoon. So we headed to the nearby Tawhanarui Regional Park. It's a fenced off area where all the pests were eradicated. Rats, Mice, Ferrets, Stoats, Possums cause the biggest problem for birds in New Zealand. Such sanctuaries are the hope to save them.
The flightless Takahe was thought to be extinct for many years, but was rediscovered on the South Island in 1948. Several birds were relocated to such pest-free places. There are only 300 left of them.



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