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Published: August 11th 2010
This one is behind glass. I saw real ones last night, just a few inches away.
Last night I went to Rainbow Springs to see the kiwi. What a thrill. You walk through large area with very low fence on either side. The kiwi are running around and can be as close as a few inches away. It was tempting to reach down and touch one, but I refrained. (with difficulty) If you come here, I recommend this site; and come at night first. The ticket is $26 and you can use it again in the morning to go with the staff who feed the animals. Go before nine p.m., because tour groups from nearby Maori dance and meal will come soon after. If you are early you can walk by yourself through forests and cages and blue and green lights. And the best part is that some of the money supports the kiwi program here that raises kiwi and sets them free in the wild. I saw the native lizard (forget name). Most of the animals from New Zealandia in Wellington are here, and can be seen either at night or day.
Word of warning, Jennie, the parrot that can rip away the rubber from car tires, is really loud when she tries to entertain you.
Worth every penny, and they raise and release kiwis.
Get ready to plug your ears while she whistles. Note, the large trout in the pools can swim in and out of the complex, so when you see them crowded in tank at night, it is their choice. And finally, pick up water bottle at ticket counter when you enter so you can get volcanic springwater.
Last night we went to unusual restaurant where they bring super-heated slabs of volcanic basalt from Papua New Guinea and raw meat. You slice the meat and cook it at your table. I ordered steak and it was soaked in seasonings so when you carved off a piece and let it cook (about 45 seconds) it was tender and tasty.
I have some time this morning to upload everyday photos. You can see strange names for coffee. Actually, I haven't found an ordinary coffee yet, but I'm getting use to the frothy cream in my coffee.
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