We walked up a zig-zag path to reach a dam, where we were told we could have a good view and hear some bird calls. However, the rain had turned the path into mud which soon became slippery, and when we went over a few small bridges, there were no handrails--just some rather steep drops on either side, and considering that, by now, it was pitch-black, I was holding onto my boyfriend's hand for dear life. When we reached the dam, again, it was too dark to really be able to appreciate any views. I'm sure it would be great if you did the daytime tour, but at night, the views and setting are completly wasted on you.
As for the bird calls, which I confess I was not really interested in (by this point, I was only interested in getting dry and hoping I would not slip on the way down), Nigel did tell us what birds we were hearing, but for a lot of the time, there were buttons he pressed on machines which replicated the birds' calls, and you could do this yourself. It only costs $8 NZ to enter the park, rather than doing the $45 tour, so you make a good saving and can just press the buttons yourself.
All in all, I wouldn't recommend doing the nighttime tour; you don't get to see much. The park is indeed pretty, so it would be good to see it in the daytime. But the 45 bucks wasn't really worth it, and I would have thought that, when they say you will see wildlife, you would be able to see stoats, possums, or maybe a few imported koalas. I didn't realise that wildlife here was just birds and insects.
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Wellington, New Zealand
October 2, 2006
From journal Fab Times in Wellington
London, United Kingdom
March 30, 2005
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