We stopped for three reasons - we haven't been there for quite a few years so wanted to see any changes; wanted to have a pit stop for lunch; and especially wanted to visit a Kaka we had tended at Cape Sanctuary before his move to Mt Bruce.
Wandering around listening to the birds and seeing them in their natural habitat is great. We enjoyed walking around - our only low point was the fact that the kiwi house was full of schoolkids (don't they know that we should be the only ones allowed to visit??) - they were okay and it's great to see them being interested in our native wildlife. We managed to see Nikau (our friendly Kaka) in his aviary. He came down to see us to nibble fingers and pull our hair - just as friendly as when he used to sit on our shoulders and head while we were attending to looking after his quarters in Hawkes Bay. He's a great bird - his mate Hautete is standoffish and I think she believes he's a bit strange. Had lunch on the balcony overlooking the Takahe and managed to fight off the thieving kaka that frequents the area. All in all a lovely visit and we got some good photos and videos of our friend Nikau. Highly recommend no matter your age - definitely worthwhile
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