Sunday, June 9, 2013

Taiaroa Head

 This was a trip we did down to the albatross colony.  A friend runs a tourist boat and took us for a run round the rocks. He was able to get very close in because the water goes straight down here.  It was a bit unnerving to be within a few feet of the rocks but we got good views as a result despite the fog.
 This was heading out to the rocks.
 This is part of the shag colony.  There were also spoonbills and seals. one of which had fun porpoising on our bow for a bit but there isn't a good enough photo of that.
 Cliffs with birds.
More cliffs with bull kelp

 Lots of bull kelp!
 Weird rock forms (basalt mostly) worn by the sea.
 This is the upper part of their driveway - 4 wheel drive only and this is the good bit!  You can see Wellers Rock down below (and our car - safer to walk!) The jetty is just out of view.
This is the beginning of the driveway and yes, it really is that steep and you could lose a child in some of those potholes.

We had a wonderful time :)