Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tramping through Te Kopahou Reserve

Brett, Jake and I just got back from a three-hour tramp/hike through Wellington's Te Kopahou Reserve, which has some amazing views of the city and harbour.

Not to mention some up-close interactions with wildlife. Who knew NZ had osteriches? 

I was a little nervous to turn my back on this guy. I thought he was going to stretch his long neck over the fence and take a snap at me.

But the guys were certainly not afraid.

The track led us near the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, which features a "predator fence" (which of course made us think about Jurassic Park), lots of mountain bike trails, a motocross race track, and a radar station that looks like a giant soccer ball (below). Also great views of Wellington, the harbour, the ocean and the south island.

The weather looked amazing when we stepped outside this morning. But once we got up so high, the wind was pretty strong and cold. 

Brett, in his shorts, was a bit more optimistic than we were, but he didn't complain at all. Had that been me, I wouldn't have gotten out of the car. 

After the walk we headed to the Craftsman Pub on Courtney Place to enjoy some tasty and well-deserved burgers and a pitcher of Mac's Hop Rocker beer. Yum. 

And now for my post-tramp nap. Later!


Brett said...

Awesome times Jamie and Jake...thanks for letting me tag along as usual! Next time I will be sure to plan ahead when it comes to charging the camera, dressing warm, and being organised in general!

Dave said...

Looked like a fun hike...but can you find extremely tolerant accountants outside NZ? I know a few bean counters here that could use the influence.

HereBeDragons said...

I never saw ostriches when I visited there! So cool. I'm a wee bit jealous.