J had planned to take me to Somes Island, an island in the centre of Wellington Harbour that is home to Tuatara, skinks, penguins and giant weta. No one lives on the island and it was one a quarantine centre and an internment camp. I was a little nervous about getting the 20 minute ferry over as the weather in Wellington can change drastically in the blink of an eye. But once I was on the boat it was actually really fun and great to see a different view of Wellington. It was the last ferry on a Saturday at 3pm, so we were the only ones going to the island, as as it turned out we had it to ourselves for the night.
Once we arrived on the island we had to go through very strict quarantine to make sure we had nothing we were not meant to and to make sure we hadn’t picked up any hitchhikers. The island is pest free and they are working very hard to keep it that way. Once we were cleared by the very nice warden of the island we set off up the hill to drop off our bags and went off to explore the island….
After touring the island and successfully putting up the tent is was dinner time! So we headed back to that beautiful spot we found earlier to settled down to enjoy our tuna baguette and coffee with the sun setting.
After dinner we walked around the island some more until dusk and then we went to camp out by the shore where the penguins would come in when they were ready to return to land after a day at sea. We waited a good hour and a bit but eventually they arrived.
After sighting the fury little creatures we got our torches out and did a circuit of the island in the dark on the hunt for giant weta, tuatara and skinks….
After a successful night hunting giant weta we went to ‘bed’ in the tent and on my birthday morning I was woken up to all manner of creatures making sounds, but especially the parakeet! J got up and made me bacon sandwiches and tea which we had outside next to the tent looking out over the native bush of the island.
After cake and tea…. and a pretty strong birthquake (5.5) we headed into town as J had got us tickets to 7 days live, which is like the Kiwi version of Have I got News For You, except funnier with comedians instead of politicians. We watch it every Friday so it was awesome to be in the audience at the Opera House.
It was a fantastic birthday and I so enjoyed being in Wellington to celebrate it!