As if seeing a family of Orcas up close in the wild wasn't enough for one day, we catch the 360 Ferry to Tiritiri matangi for more exciting wildlife encounters. Its one of the world's (read NZ) most successful volunteer conservation projects. 300,000 native trees have been planted here and 12 of New Zealands endangered birds now thrive on this predator free island.
Tiritiri Matangi by the way, means 'tossed by the wind', (incase any one was looking for a new name for their boat} It's also one of my favourite places in New Zealand (read the world).
Twitchers go to Tiritiri just to catch a glimpse of these birds, Kokako (blue wattled crow).
It was a very hot day, so we were lucky to see two at a drinking trough.
Tui have two voice boxes, which explain the amazing sounds they make, they also have a very nice beer named after them!
Mr and Mrs Kereru
One of the shady tracks alive with birdsong.