If we were amazed to see a weka in the wild just the other day when we started our hike in Okiwi Bay the other day, that was nothing compared to what we wake up to today! The flightless native New Zealand birds are running around like crazy outside our cabin here on d’Urville Island.
While Laura is half sleeping and half working, Robin decides to go on an early morning hike to chase the sounds of birds and find a waterfall that has been enticing him since we arrived yesterday. By the end of the morning, he comes back to the cabin with stories of being closer to a tui than he has ever been before and how the weka were the ones chasing him!
A bitchin’ breakfast
Robin’s worked up enough appetite for a cooked breakfast with our hosts, Viginia and Ash. After that mound of food and barista-style coffees, we can barely move. Ash tells us there is an awesome hike behind the d’Urville Island Wilderness Resort which brings you to views on top of the island, but when we decide we can’t stand, he does offer an alternative. The 4 wheel drive.
Hilarity in the form of a vehicle
We’re pretty used to these vehicles now, whether it’s in the form of a Gator in Tarangakau or a family’s pickup truck on 4×4 training tracks in Makoura, but maybe we were not prepared for this. When you do an “unofficial” tour on d’Urville Island, Ash brings out a Jeep which is on its last legs. The windscreen is cracked, the wing-mirrors don’t exist, there’s a hole cut out in the roof so they can shoot deer from it… All in all, this Jeep would not pass a WOF (Warrant of Fitness). But who needs WOFs on d’Urville Island?! Let’s go!