The weather was not kind to us today … the rain this morning was so bad I was worried about my flight back up to Auckland. Luckily we’re all good and I’m sitting waiting to board – hope it’s not too bumpy.
So this morning after passing on the things we didn’t need to some of the people we met here we made our way out to our last touristy activity. It wasn’t exactly the greatest weather to go to a wildlife park but we paid for a cheap ticket online a couple of days ago and were both really looking forward to seeing some Kiwi finally. They have an inside house and because they are nocturnal and for the public to actually see them their lighting has been switched and we can watch them!!! I think we would have been happy to just sit in there for a couple of hours to get our money’s worth.
So we turned up and were the only ones in the car park, and the lady that checked us in told us we might be unlucky but were welcome to walk around in the rain if we liked!! We went to the visitors centre first to get out of the rain and met some of the keepers and volunteers. They said the best way to the see animals on a day like this was to follow the feeding route. A few minutes later and because we were the only tourists in the park we were invited to join them in their van and travel round the park with them!!!
Our first stop was the bird aviary where we saw blue ducks and some very naughty Kea. They are quite cheeky in the wild to and have been known to mess with people’s campervans and take food. These were no different and at one point I think he was trying to land on my head! We then went on to the ruffed lemur where to get out of the rain we were invited inside the enclosure to feed them!! It was a little mental and totally unexpected but we were allowed to go inside with them and the keeper to ask as many questions as we could think of and hand banana over to these cute fluffy Lemurs. We walked out not really knowing what had just happened!!
Next and leaving no time to process we headed to the Tigers where again we were invited inside to watch them being fed. They do Tiger encounters here so it was set up for that but we got it all for free. They are crazy big when your 2 meters away from them and these were the smaller type of tiger. We then headed to the giraffes where we were handed a branch and allowed to feed them over the fence … at one point if I hadn’t been holding on to the branch for dear life I could have reached out and petted one like a horse.
After some lions and spider monkeys we finally went to see the kiwi who should have been just waking up to begin hunting for the night. It was possible that we wouldn’t see anything but we got lucky again and saw both of them. They took a little while to come out but once they did they were running everywhere … we even saw the possible beginning of a baby kiwi which the keepers said was a rare sight haha!!It was the most amazing and unexpected experience on the whole trip and we walked out so happy that we decided to go rather than skip it that morning.
After a quick wiz round town dropping bags off and getting some petrol we arrived to give our Hector back to Escape. It was a sad moment taking all our things out and leaving him empty again. And now here I am waiting for my flight back to Auckland for my last few weeks in NZ. It’s been a great trip and something I would love to do again somewhere else … time to start planning my US road trip (I may need more than a month this time though).