Posts tagged: bird watching

Guided trekking, guided hikes and walks, Wanaka New Zealand

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By , February 14, 2012 1:14 pm

The last couple of weeks have been most enjoyable for a number of good outings. Iris was checking out the latest flowers, berries and other fauna & flora subjects: with Christy from the US a quick trip around Diamond lake loop track, also called Rocky Mountain, 775 m with incredible views:

Wanaka guided walks

Christy taking in the views at 775 m altitude

Views from Diamond lake look track Wanaka

one of the best half day excursions near Wanaka

Snow berries

Snow berries, sweet and delicious, gaultheria crassa var.

then off to visit Fern Burn hut in Stacks conservation area in the Motatapu valley, Remarkables next and another visit to Rob Roy glacier cirque with Jean & Bart from the US. Keas in the air,  avalanche activity and bird watching plus more edible berries on the treks were all part of great little missions.

Alpinism in New Zealand – adventures in the Southern Alps

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By , January 31, 2012 1:40 pm

Safety is important out there. Here is a site about being SMART on adventures which is advertised by the Department of Conservation.  My thought: if you go out there and stay in mountain huts for your alpinism missions, be it alpine climbing, hiking or bird watching, you might as well give the local DoC office your intentions. At least that way there is an indication of how many people stay in the huts … a long subject, so be smart and stay safe.

Alpinism in New Zealand

Diamond lake Rocky Mountain 775 m altitude, views over lake Wanaka on a guided walk, 3-4 hrs return

Rob Roy glacier cirque trekking

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By , December 14, 2010 3:03 pm
Trekking in NZ

Checking out how cold the glacier stream water is

Guided trekking in Wanaka

Taking a few photos of native green hooded orchids

Guided trekking Wanaka

What a great lunch spot with the Rob Roy glacier in the back ground

Today is another glorious day in Wanaka, and what better for Iris to do than to go trekking with a lady from Hongkong into Mt Aspiring National Park.  Destination – walk up the Matukituki Valley, turn right and up the Rob Roy valley to visit the Rob Roy Glacier Cirque.

With the beautiful weather we have been having, the native orchids are in excellent shape. With the Keas cruising around, lunch was had in front of the mighty Glacier – with a few ice avalanches to be heard and watched from a safe distance.

Iris, having dropped off a very satisfied customer is now getting ready to head to Mt Cook National Park this evening where she is meeting up with friends to do the Ball Pass trek.  Wow , the weather this season is very summery!

Guided walks Wanaka

The swing bridge at the entrance to the Rob Roy valley

Bird watching, is it alpinism?

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By , April 7, 2010 2:58 pm
Native bird of New Zealand, Variable Oystercatcher

Lucky find on the beach

Oystercatcher eggs

Oystercatcher family on the East coast of New Zealand

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