Borne a Kiwi and 'dragged up' in NZ, before emigrating to Europe, I had never, ever known the sights and
sounds of the real New Zealand.
introduced me to this hidden, little known gem of a place, so near Auckland.
Up close with a wild Kiwi was a total privilege. Brown teal thriving and a family of saddlebacks.
Bellbirds were numerous, Tui's less so. The Kaka could be heard. Fantails, robins, the Austalasian
harrier, a Morepork family. It is a busy place.