The best time to see the Royal Albatross in flight at the Otago Peninsula headland is when it’s blowing a gale. With a wingspan of three metres a hearty breeze helps lift off but those are the days most visitors give the outdoors a miss.
My stay in a friend’s bach at quiet and quirky Harwood coincided with a few days of mostly sunny calm weather so the riotous seagulls in the Colony carpark were more exciting than the nesting bigger birds. The coast road drive was still well worth the trip. Here are some photos from the area including from outside the Otakou Marae.Lilliput community libraries dot the neighbourhoods on the peninsula.All the bus stops have wildlife murals.Old Dunedin City tram carriagesLittle Georgie’s resting spot.
spot the sealnot an albatrosspenguins live on this beach A nesting albatross waiting for their mate to return from sea to swap places.Woolameana was brought in from the wilds to be shorn.