West Coast Favorites

  • Also weka chicks are hungry... (Photo by Gisela)
    Also weka chicks are hungry... (Photo by...
    by Kakapo2
  • Before Kimi was bitten in the ear twice...
    Before Kimi was bitten in the ear...
    by Kakapo2
  • Tree fern alley along the Taramakau River.
    Tree fern alley along the Taramakau...
    by Kakapo2

West Coast Favorites

  • Meet the Weka

    The West Coast is THE region in New Zealand where you will almost certainly see wekas. Well, not just see. Rather: meet. Those big brown flightless birds - endemic to New Zealand and known under the Latin name Gallirallus australis and as Woodhen - are shy and retiring by nature. But they can be very inquisitive if they live near carparks or...

  • The WET Coast and Rain Readings

    As you know, I call the West Coast the Wet Coast because it needs the metres and metres of rainfall each year to remain as lush and green and magic as it is.The statistics about this water feature are impressive. I use the numbers provided in an article in The Press on 14 January 2008.The town of Ross, 30 km south of Hokitika and known for its gold...

  • The Forests of the West (3): Tree Ferns

    Although you can find some of the 200 species of native ferns in many different habitats throughout New Zealand, even in our garden in dry Canterbury, they are particularly abundant in shady and moist places, along river beds and on forest floors. What a better place than to grow on the West Coast where the annual rainfall is measured in metres and...

  • Tribute to the Mini Monster: The Giant...

    I have written about sandflies in several tips - especially how to fight them effectively in a double strategy of spraying repellent on your body and insect killer in your car or room (on my NZ warnings and dangers tips). So no more explanations are needed about this mini monster that can make life hell in many parts of the country.If you visit the...

  • Forests of the West (4):...

    As said in my intro, many of the forests of the West have remained untouched. Even on the paddocks along the coast where the trees have been logged for farming - yes, this destroys nearly everything... ;-) - you find pockets of ancient forests. You will see cows grazing around stands of 700 year old kahikatea, or totara, matai, and rimu. On the...

  • The Forests of the West (6): The Nikau...

    The Nikau Palm is the world's most southerly-growing palm and the only native New Zealand palm tree. It is found on the North Island and the upper part of the South Island. But here they really only strike your eye in the northern part of the West Coast, especially on the stretch of road that leads to the end of the world LOL This is the road from...

  • The Forests of the West (5): Red Rata...

    Although not many tourists can immediately pronounce the word pohutukawa most of them love this tree rather quickly, especially if they travel in NZ between late November and January. That is the season when the pohutukawa are flowering and seaming many coast lines of the North Island with a red ribbon of crimson red blossoms. The flowering period...

  • The Forests of the West (2): Beech...

    Let's drive to the west on the Arthur's Pass road, as this is the road we use most times.After leaving the farmland of the Canterbury Plains, you first cross dry tussock grassland, with pockets of beech forest starting in the Craigieburn area. Those beech forests get denser, the closer you get to Arthur's Pass, and around there this is the hugely...

  • The Forests of the West (1): Intro

    The three main roads to the West Coast are Kawatiri Junction (SH 6 from Nelson and Blenheim), Lewis Pass (SH 7) in the north, Arthur's Pass (SH 73), well, still more in the north than in the south, and Haast Pass (SH 6) in the south. Driving from the east to the west you will notice a remarkable change of vegetation - from the dry lands of the east...

  • The Love Triangle of the Tui in the...

    Of course, you can find tui in many places in NZ. But I have found my favourite place and go there whenever I get a possibility, as we do not have tuis around Christchurch (only bellbirds). They are just discussing to reintroduce them to Banks Peninsula. (BTW The correct plural of tui would also be tui as the plural of the Maori language has no -s...

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