Monday, August 27, 2012

Motuora Island

I have been wanting to get to Motuora Island for some time.  Finally with good weather forecast, essential  for the beach  landing, I set off for Sandspit before sun-up to meet up with others including people from the Motuora Restoration Society for the 8am sailing.

 This island is pest free so encouraging the translocation and introduction of many native species. Kiwi, whiteheads and skinks are already here.

Its another  beautiful island and we are rather spoilt for choice living close to the Hauraki Gulf. The Department of Conservation (DoC) in close association with voluntary organisations are working so hard on projects to restore these islands to native species.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Clevedon Scenic Reserve

These spectacular female flowers of Coprosma spathulata, seen on a Bot Soc (Auckland Botanical  Society) walk on Saturday reminds me that most New Zealand plants are very subtle when it comes to showing off their flowers.

This was an excellent walk mostly up steps (750) through some beautiful bush just outside of Clevedon.

 An ideal place for Aucklanders to visit with access to local  cafes for their flat whites and a neat waterfall for a summer picnic.