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Cruising the North Island of New Zealand

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Kia ora

The final stops before disembarking our cruise in Auckland were three ports on the North Island of New Zealand. Our first stop was Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, next was Napier, also known as the “Art Deco City”.  While in  Napier we visited the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony. Our last stop was in Tauranga, which is the gateway to Rotorua, home to Rainbow Springs (and its nocturnal Kiwi house), “Hells Gate” (a seismic area) and Mitai village where we explored the Maori culture. Continue reading »

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Cape Kidnappers

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Kia ora

On our New Zealand cruise, we visited a special place, Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony. Gannets are large seabirds that are only found in a few places in the world, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and in the North Atlantic (primarily Northern Scotland). Gannets are members of the booby family and can live up to 35 years. Cape Kidnappers is unique in that Gannets typically only breed on offshore islands. Approximately 20,000 birds live here in four separate colonies and have been coming here since the 1870’s. Continue reading »

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