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New Zealand- don't go if you are bird phobic

It's hard for me to know what to write about our trip to New Zealand that won't be just a list of places and the word fabulous. We had a really good time and were lucky with everything, especially the weather. 

If there was one theme to the trip it was birds and animals, from the Little Penguins we visited 5 minutes after arriving in the country, the albatross and other sea birds we saw on a boat tour. (And dolphins! and seals! So amazing to see them in the wild)
to the wekas who hung around hoping for food while we were walking the Queen Charlotte Track.
I got to hand feed some sheep and llamas - llamas a bigger than I am, so that got a bit intense.

On our "rest day" on the Queen Charlotte Track we found some kayaks and there was no other boats, and no other people, just us and some shags.

After spending the first two weeks largely in the countryside we headed for Wellington, where we got to hang out with Kate!

 And we also went to Zealandia and looked at endangered native birds and what they are doing to try to save them.

On our last day, just before we headed for the airport I went to Holland Road Yarn Company

where I found this bag with pictures of  kererÅ«, so I had to buy that. And some other yarn too, including a jumpers worth of Zealana Heron, and some Socks Yeah - Rachel Coopey's sock yarn.

I did of course knit while I was away. In fact, I finished four things, but I'm going to post about them individually, because this has become long and each finished thing has its own special story.

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