Postcards from Wellington …. Part 4

Postcards from Wellington …. Part 4

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island is a small island just 5km off the coast of Wellington. It is roughly rectangular being 8km long and 2km wide.

The island is home to a number of native birds, mostly re-introduced. These include¬†takahe,¬†North Island kŇćkako,¬†brown teal,¬†stitchbird(hihi),¬†North Island saddleback¬†(tieke),¬†tomtit¬†(miromiro),¬†fantail¬†(piwakawaka),¬†morepork¬†(ruru),¬†weka¬†and¬†North Island robin¬†(toutouwai). The¬†brown kiwi¬†and¬†little spotted kiwi¬†were released on the island between 1890 and 1910, and the island is now the stronghold for the latter species. Rat eradication has led to increases in¬†red-fronted parakeets,¬†North Island robin,¬†bellbirds, and saddlebacks, and the island is considered one of¬†New Zealand‘s most important sites for bird recovery, as well as a major¬†breeding site¬†for sea birds. In April 2005, the critically endangered¬†short-tailed bat¬†was introduced to the island from a threatened population in the¬†Tararuas, providing them with a separate, safer habitat. – Wikipedia

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Postcards from Wellington Part 2

Postcards from Wellington Part 2

Te Papa

So on our first full day in Wellington we decided to visit Te papa. This is the national museum of New Zealand it covers a wide range of areas from the natural world and local environment to history of the Maori and New Zealand.  We spent most of the day here as there is much to see, The most amount of time was spent in the newest exhibition Gallipoli: the scale of our war. We did queue for about 45 mins to get in but it was well worth it.

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