R2D2 forest

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Feb 28, 2013

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Saturday, October 6, 2012

After checking in to my Hostel and making arrangements for a couple of tours, I make my way up hill to do some hiking to the Haruru falls.
It's a 10km long hike that takes me through some prehistoric forest which is amazing!
As I walk deeper in to the forest there is one thing that keeps getting my attention. I keep hearing these android bleeping sounds, like the ones R2D2 makes in Star Wars!
I freeze for a moment to listen carefully..
The sounds are getting closer and when I look to the ground I see two birds, who aren't afraid at all, bleeping at me.
They also have a funny way of moving around: jump up from the ground, move their wings a bit so they become like small helicopters and then make little salto's!
And all of this just 50 cm's above the ground, a very strange but entertaining spectacle!
The forest itself seems prehistoric in a way and consists of many different plants varieying from fern looking palmtrees to mangrove areas.
After 1,5 hour I reach the Haruru Falls just in time before sundown. A nice reward after a long walk :)
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