Codfish Paradise in a cold climate

Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
Trip End Aug 30, 2007

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Turned up at 8 am at the Fiat dealers to wait for our fuel line to arrive by courier which to our relief it duly did. Had our breakfast in the camper outside the workshop while the mechanic fitted the line. Smiles all round until I started up and the warning light which states serious fault with engine seek attention came on. Both the mechanic and I concluded it was lying and was just a response to being poked about. Set off for Invercargill with the light still on. Had to be at the DOC quarantine centre for 2.30pm so had time to work our way down the Catlins Coast looking at seals and scenery to arrive on time. Put clean clothes on. Had our gear checked and our boots cleaned before catching the helicopter to Codfish Island. What a place, rugged, windswept, wet and very,very beautiful.

Dumped our gear in the bunkhouse and shown facilities (very basic) Went off for a walk. This island is completly untouched and is exactly how NZ was before Europeans arrived. It is like walking in Jurassic Park with native bush and ferns and lots of native birds. We sat behind rocks and watched yellow eyed penguins walk past so close we could have almost touched them. In the evening went to look for the extremely rare Kakapo. There are around 79 left in the world, most on Codfish Island. All are radio tagged and although we couldn't find a female living close to the centre, a male had just been flown in to be released to boost breeding. They are moved about quite a lot depending on the fruiting of a native tree which sparks off breeding. What a bird. Although it was hard to get a decent photo in the dark and rain, did manage to get one. It was an experience I'll never forget.
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