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Mangonui Harbour

A beautiful historic town to visit with a great vibe!

Mangonui

Doubtless Bay, in the Far North of New Zealand is home to the historic harbour and waterfront village of Mangonui.

It is a quiet tourist village now with a wonderful vibe, filled with quaint waterfront restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The historic buildings are all beautifully restored and the harbour is magical with clear waters heaving with fish ready for those who want to venture out and gather it.

This is one of the original and oldest towns in New Zealand for both Maori and European history.

Kupe, the original Polynesian navigator is known to have visited this area about 900 AD in the canoe Mamaru.

Mangonui was known as a safe harbour for whaling vessels by the late 1700s and in 1831 the first European settlers arrived.

Historic Mangonui

By the mid-1800s, Mangonui was a centre for whalers and traders; the sawmilling, flax and gum industries were flourishing. In the 1900s, these industries declined, roads replaced the sea as the main transport route and Mangonui became a much quieter place.

There is a well looked after Heritage Trail which provides a glimpse of the great wealth of Maori and European history associated with this area.

To watch a scenic video of the area: http://www.seeanddo.co.nz/doubtlessbay

Mangonui restored buildings

 

Mangonui Harbour

Mangonui new waterfront

Cool Kiwi Facts

The kiwi is a beautiful and interesting part of NZ wildlife.

Kiwis are revered in New Zealand as our national bird.

They are very endangered and there is a lot of work re-introducing them into the native bush areas around the country.

Kiwi conservation in New Zealand is very much a partnership between the private sector and the public sector.

The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust runs the Maungataniwha Kiwi Programme, one of the many productive kiwi conservation programmes in the country. It has worked with Kiwis for kiwi, Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua and the Cape Sanctuary near Napier to raise 200 kiwi chicks in safety over just nine seasons.

Next week it will release its 200th kiwi back into the Maungataniwha Native Forest in Central Hawkes Bay, from which its egg was taken as part of the programme.

 

Cook Kiwi Facts:

        

  1. Kiwi are native and endemic to New Zealand, which means that NZ is the only place they are found naturally.
  2. There are five different species of kiwi in NZ; the North Island Brown, Rowi, Tokoeka, Great Spotted and Little Spotted Kiwi’s.
  3. Kiwi are thought to have arrived in New Zealand around 60 million years ago.
  4. Kiwi have heavy marrow filled bones just like a mammal, rather than lighter air-filled bones like most other birds.
  5. Kiwi have strong powerful legs and feet which they use to defend themselves and can run very fast.
  6. Kiwis eyesight is relatively poor but they have whiskers made from modified feathers around their face which they use to
  7. Kiwi have a really good sense of smell and are the only birds in the world to have nostrils at the tip of their bill. When they forage, they have to constantly blow their nose to keep their nostrils clean!
  8. Kiwi are omnivores. They feed mostly on soil invertebrates (e.g. worms) but also eat a little vegetation and berries and even fish for small crayfish and eels.
  9. Kiwi can live for a really long time – perhaps 60-80 years!
  10. Kiwi are nocturnal, generally only coming out at night.
  11. Kiwi sleep and nest in burrows under the ground or in hollow logs.
  12. Kiwi mate for life and start breeding around 4-5 years of age.
  13. It takes a female Kiwi 30 days to produce an egg which then requires 80 days incubation – the longest incubation period of any bird in the world.
  14. A Kiwi egg is about 20% of the female’s body weight when she lays it!
  15. A Kiwi chick is very independent right from when it hatches. The chick is already fully feathered to help keep it warm and it also has a large egg yolk in its tummy which nourishes it for the first 10 days of its life.
  16. The female Kiwi is larger than the male. She also has a longer bill.
  17. All Kiwi species are endangered – the main threat to their survival is from introduced mammalian predators. The Stoat is the main predator of juvenile Kiwis.
  18. In the wild only 5% of Kiwi that hatch make it through to adulthood due to predation.
  19. The Rowi (Apteryx rowi), also known as the Okarito Brown Kiwi, is the rarest species of Kiwi.
  20. The Rowi is critically endangered, with only about 375 left in the wild.
  21. When Maori arrived in New Zealand/Aotearoa they gave kiwi its name. Kiwi were hunted for skin, meat and feathers, which were used for chiefly ceremonial cloaks. Special chants and rituals took place before a kiwi hunt, as the kiwi are under the special protection of Tane Mahuta, god of the forest.

Kiwi Distribution - New Zealand

Brown Kiwi

kiwi

Tokoeka Kiwi

Rowi Chick baby kiwi

Kiwi Feather Cloak

Contact Kiwis for kiwi: enquiries@kiwisforkiwi.org  for more cool information about Kiwis or if you want to make a donation.

She's a Lady Yacht Charters

Guest Blog by Glen Coulton, She's a Lady Yacht Charters, Bay of Islands

A Day Sailing trip on She’s A Lady in the Bay of Islands gives you a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy this amazing area.

The Bay of Islands and it’s Maritime park are world renown for it’s sheltered waters, great sailing conditions, plentiful marine life and beautiful islands. You’ll always find a calm bay, clear water and somewhere to go ashore and wander. Captain Cook enjoyed the area so much he spent 6 days anchoring up here to relax and restock his ship. Other’s to follow included the whalers and early settlers, attracted by the beauty and snug harbours.

She’s A Lady’s Island Sailing Adventure not only gives you the chance to sail, help out and learn the ropes but also experience a few other water based activities. We cater for all ages and attract friendly people that want to have a fun day. The day starts by sailing out to the main island group to find an anchorage in a sheltered bay. You’ll have heaps of shore time to kayak, swim, snorkel and take a walk to check out some amazing views. You won’t go hungry either as we provide a picnic style lunch to be enjoyed on the beach. During the day we often encounter dolphins, penguins and other marine life plus with a little luck you may hook a fish as we tow a lure behind while under sail.

On top of all this, your skipper/guide will not only fill you in on finer arts of sailing and the sea but explain a little about the history of the Bay and other points of interest. 

 

Glacier Country

Glacier Country - A magical and magnificent place.

We have just spent the most amazing time in the Glacier Country in the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

This area of New Zealand can truly be described as Magnificent. The beauty is something that can only be experienced by being there. It envelopes itself all around and through you and brings a feeling of wonder and calmness to the sole.

The Franz Joseph Glacier and Fox Glacier townships are also rocking little villages and hives of activity with so much to do. There are Glacier hikes, Glacier helicopter flights, amazing walks everywhere, stunning reflective lakes, hot pools, kiwi educational centres, great restaurants and café’s and really lovely people all having an amazing time.

The whole area is covered with dense beautiful rain forest – New Zealand native bush.  Just one step off the road anywhere and it looks like a totally landscaped garden covered in moss, ferns, beautiful canopy and filled with beautiful little inquisitive birds like the New Zealand Fantail. It is dense and would be easy to get lost though, so it’s a good idea to go on known tracks and not to go too many steps off the trails.

The wonderful thing about New Zealand bush is that there are no poisonous or dangerous animals like many other places in the world. It is a safe place to go to experience the wonder of nature without worrying about any nasty little or big surprises.

The glaciers themselves are amazing sights of nature at its grandest. There are ice faces over 100 feet tall and amazing turquoise blue perfectly clear ice melt ponds in summer. The helicopter flights are an amazing way to see them up close and the unique features like huge waterfalls that disappear under the ice.

Watch the video for Glacier Country to see a glimpse of what there is to see and do and start planning to go there to truly experience it for yourself. 

Franz Joseph Glacier large cracks

Lake Matheson bush walk Franz Joseph

Glacier Country bush hike Lake Matheson

 

Scuba Diving in New Zealand

An awesome location with a hugely diverse range of experiences

The whole country of New Zealand is surrounded by pure unpolluted oceans with many different temperatures and geographical structures offering a wide variety of spectacular unique dive sites to discover.

New Zealand, being an island nation in the south Pacific, has been isolated from the rest of the world for over 80 Million years! giving rise to an extraordinary array of native underwater species of plant, animal and fish life.

The fish are prolific, seafood plentiful and the unpolluted waters clear in most conditions.

Plan your diving holiday by visiting top dive sites right around the country where experienced operators can help make your diving holiday an easy and relaxing, as well as an exciting and safe experience you will never forget.

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