Day Thirty Six: Pukaha Mt. Bruce and Martinborough

After a nice breakfast in Wellington at the Old Bailey

Old Bailey Wellington

Old Bailey Wellington

Old Bailey coffee

DISCOVERY!  There are Tui branded BBQ and tomato sauce (ketchup). Gotta find some to bring home.

DISCOVERY! There are Tui branded BBQ and tomato sauce (ketchup). Gotta find some to bring home.

…we got our show on the road and drove up to Pukaha Mt. Bruce Bird Reserve. I was there on Day Twelve so if you’re new to the blog you should take a look there as well. This time we did not do the lunch picnic tour, we just wandered around at our own pace and did a bush walk after the eel feeding and before the kaka feeding. The weather was cool and overcast, and while it obviously had rained very recently it did not do so during our visit.

Gotcha. We had our cuppa INSIDE the cafe. One of the staffers told us it's the biscotti that they are going for, and recently one young kaka put their whole head into a vanilla milkshake for a taste!

Gotcha. We had our cuppa INSIDE the cafe. One of the staffers told us it’s the biscotti that they are going for, and recently one young kaka put their whole head into a vanilla milkshake for a taste!

True or false quiz.  I'll put the answers at the bottom of the post.

True or false quiz.
I’ll put the answers at the bottom of the post.

Mt Bruce pest control

Tuatara, which didn't move the whole time we were looking at it.

Tuatara, which didn’t move the whole time we were looking at it.

Mt Bruce tuatara warning

The kiwi house is kept dim during the day time so that the kiwis are active for visitors.

The kiwi house is kept dim during the day time so that the kiwis are active for visitors.

Eels just before the eel feeding. More photos on the Day 12 post in better light.

Eels just before the eel feeding. More photos on the Day 12 post in better light.

It's a drained pond. Lots of flax plants around it and it had several tuis feeding on them.

It’s a drained pond. Lots of flax plants around it and it had several tuis feeding on them.

Early in the bush walk.

Early in the bush walk.

Can you spot the tui?

Can you spot the tui?

Mt Bruce walk 4

You're right in thinking that we did NOT go through the gate.

You’re right in thinking that we did NOT go through the gate.

Here comes lunch. These birds were there just as soon as the people started arriving to see the feeding.  No watches needed!

Here comes lunch. These birds were there just as soon as the people started arriving to see the feeding.
No watches needed!

Eager eaters? They didn't even want to wait for the feeders to be loaded.

Eager eaters? They didn’t even want to wait for the feeders to be loaded.

Mt Bruce Kaka feeding 3

Mt Bruce Kaka feeding 4

This little bunny arrived to help clean up the food the kakas left on the ground.

This little bunny arrived to help clean up the food the kakas left on the ground.

After we left Pukaha Mt. Bruce we drove to Martinborough for an overnight stay at Lacoste Cottage. I HIGHLY suggest you stay here if you find yourself in the area. Very nice owners, comfortable everything, and an amazing kitchen set up!!

Lacoste Cottage, Martinborough

Lacoste Cottage, Martinborough

Lacoste Cottage plaque

Lacoste Cottage Martinborough 2

We went out to dinner at a Thai restaurant just a block away, then went for a LONG post-dinner walk to bank some steps for tomorrow’s mostly driving/sitting day!

Cheese

sunset

Almost forgot! Here are the answers to the True or False quiz:

a) T     b) T     c) T     d) F     e) T     f) T

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5 Responses to Day Thirty Six: Pukaha Mt. Bruce and Martinborough

  1. EO says:

    That tuatara is one magnificent beast. Wow.

  2. Gretchen says:

    “If I stay really still maybe no one will notice me.” Tuatara

  3. Trevor says:

    What an epic journey. Makes me want to book a flight today

  4. Kay says:

    Heya Bonnie
    Wow, you guys have seen a lot. Glad you got to see the Rise exhibition in Chch and am enjoying all the art posts, always good to be reminded of how much great art we have in our towns and cities.
    See you again soon
    Kay x

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