|A flock of terns greets us on our arrival at the wharf|
It began very well, the weather being fine, and the sea calm for the ferry crossing, and we set off walking around the island with our lunch and waterproofs in our backpacks. Walking in the bush we saw loads of saddlebacks, fantails, tuis and eastern rosellas. Pukekoes, nervous creatures that they are, run startled by our appproach. There are some really pretty beaches and we see a number of rare NZ dotterells, herons, flocks of terns, a Caspian tern, and loads of lovely black oyster catchers (my favourite because they're so comical). So far, so good.
|The NZ doterrel|
|View from the top of the cliff looking across to Waiheke Island|
|Collapsed at the top of the cliff having fought our way through the gorse|
We plodded on, never did get to Calypso Bay, but by the time we found the main path we only just had time to eat a very late lunch and return to the wharf in time for the ferry. So an eventful day, but not quite what we had planned.