My mum has apparently wanted to visit Tiri Tiri Matangi Island forever, though the first I heard of it was a couple of weeks after I got back to New Zealand. We were walking along the beach eating an ice cream and she mentioned it to me. Her birthday was coming up so when I got home I booked tickets and gave them to her a few weeks later on her birthday. She was so excited! She spent the afternoon rushing around finding her hiking boots and emergency blanket and packing snacks in zip lock bags haha! The next morning we woke to an email telling us that the ferry was cancelled due to bad weather, so we rebooked for the next weekend. Saturday night there was a terrible storm that woke us all up and we were certain that the trip would be cancelled but the weather gods were in a good mood and we woke on Sunday morning to grey skies but no wind.
The grey skies stayed with us, and it rained more than once but we had so much fun. We saw all different kinds of birds (thankfully we had a brochure telling us what was what ha) and some amazing scenery including what I am declaring the worlds biggest and weirdest tree.
This little bird! It was seriously the cutest thing on the island – it followed us around the beach flying and hopping just out of reach. When we stopped he stopped, and when we walked he followed along behind us chirruping and hopping around like he was so excited he just couldn’t contain himself.
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