As forecast, today has been wet. We did not rush to do anything this morning but eventually moved ourselves to go and look for the Black Stilt or Kaki, a rare bird only found in certain areas of New Zealand. It is a wetlands bird that was almost wiped out but through careful conservation and management its numbers are increasing.
We travelled a short distance from Twizel to a wetland area where they are known to be breeding. Needless to say that we didn’t find any and satisfied ourselves watching a variety of more commonly seen ducks and oyster catchers.
Following a spot of lunch in Twizel we went to have a look at Lake Ohau, another turquoise lake. The rain was not too bad at this stage. All the lakes we have seen so far are linked by a huge hydro-electric scheme, making use of the natural environment for generating electricity.
As the afternoon progressed the weather deteriorated and, with the exception of Angela making a dash to the supermarket in Twizel, we confined ourselves to our cabin, hoping that tomorrow will bring an improvement.
This is the first rain in Twizel for 4 weeks! The parched ground will be grateful even if we are not. Sean the farmer tells us to keep an eye out of our bedroom window for views of Mt Cook…..
Um, not sure yet.
Have bought steaks & a DVD ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’….. a delightful local story starring Anthony Hopkins. The till girl told me she grew up down the road from Burt Munro (the real-life hero of the story!)
Happy Valentines! xxx