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New Zealand: Photos from Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Chaffinch that stole from our plate

These photos from the Christchurch Botanic Garden include several of the birds there, some who were at our table at ilex cafe. There are also flowers and pictures of the grounds and sculptures, including the Archer Lawn. Our photos from Jenny Gillies exhibition are on another page.

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New Zealand: Photos from Tiritiri Matangi Island

Morepork New Zealand Owl

Tiritiri Matangi Island is an open preserve. They only allow 150 people per day on the island tour. The island has been set aside as a place for native New Zealand species to make a home. Mammal predators have been eradicated, which allows the birds and the reptiles to flourish. This was our first time seeing a blue penguin in its burrow. We decided to join as supporters, and I will make a $1 donation for every “Polly Penguin Wants to Fly” book I sell here or at Amazon.

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New Zealand: Eden Garden with Auckland Explorer Bus

One of the birds that snacked with us at Eden Garden

Eden Garden in Auckland was our fourth stop with Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop tour. We got a discount on entry because we came with the Auckland Explorer Bus, but didn’t get to spend as much time in the gift shop as we wanted because we wanted to be able to hike up Mount Eden. We did eat at the cafe though.

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New Zealand: ilex café at Christchurch Botanic Gardens Is for the Birdwatchers

Chaffinch

The ilex café in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand is a glorious combination of amazing food choices, good coffee and, if you sit outside, a personal bird experience. The orecchiette, peas and Parmesan salad was a good starter for our meal. We added the pretzel bread breakfast roll with egg and cherry hoisin. Our flat whites were decent.

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New Zealand: Tiritiri Matangi Lets Your Spirits Soar

New Zealand Christmas Tree

Tiritiri Matangi is everything a vacation tour should be. An enthusiastic, knowledgeable tour guide takes a small group into the wilderness and provides information in a fun, interesting way while making sure to point out the birds that happen to fly nearby. Tiritiri Matangi goes a step further because it provides the ability to listen to the birds as well as see them.

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