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New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" films.

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Glamping on Kapiti Island and becoming even more of a #BirdNerd

One of my goals when I moved to New Zealand was to take advantage of owning a car and getting to visit places that are often overlooked by tourists. I know all the popular spots for foreign visitors - Rotorua, Hobbiton, Queenstown, Milford Sound. But what I really wanted to find were the places loved by locals. Where do kiwis go on holiday? This is one of the many reasons I fell in love with Wellington and Wanaka, both are places often overlooked by the big busloads of tourists but are still loved and revered by people from New Zealand. Once you start to scratch the surface and start listening to locals when traveling, those places aren't actually that hard to find.

After camping on Somes Island in the Wellington Harbor and taking a nighttime tour of Zealandia in Wellington, I was well on my way to becoming a certified, unabashed #BirdNerd. I've already waxed poetic about how absolutely awesome New Zealand birds are, in my first #BirdNerd post here, but I thought it was high time to show you my continuing birdie education in this part of the world.


The long and short of it is that New Zealand evolved without mammal predators until humans arrived in the 13th century (and ruined everything. Just kidding, but they did bring along unpleasant things like rats, possums, cats and weasels). This was incredibly damaging to New Zealand's delicate birdlife who had never met creatures like this before. Before people and rats arrived, New Zealand was a booming natural wonderland filled with birds, many of which were flightless because they weren't hunted on the ground by mammals. Afterwards, not so much.


In fact, when Captain Cook arrived in New Zealand in the 1700's, the naturalist on board his ship described the birdsong as 'deafening.' Oh how I wish I could have experienced that for myself. What a poignant reminder of how damaging humans have been to New Zealand's wildlife. Sigh.



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