COAST TO COAST
O que nós vemos
Travel by way of the wine growing areas of Kumeu and Huapai, to Muriwai Beach on the rugged west coast. On the cliff tops overlooking the beach take a short walk through the native plants to the lookout point to see the gannets. This is one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world. Depending upon the season, you may be able to view the birds’ nesting and feeding routines and their spectacular diving technique as they hunt for fish. Leaving Muriwai through rural farming districts, you will come to Haumoana Farm—a 200-acre cattle farm situated on the South Kaipara Peninsula. You will be warmly welcomed by your hosts, Greg and Barbara Ross. The farm runs 300 Romney sheep for prime lamb and wool production, 200 cattle, and a small fallow deer unit. See the mustering of sheep by trained sheep dogs, a skilled shearing demonstration, which illustrates just how quickly a sheep can be shorn of its wool, and other typical farm activities. You will be invited to the house for morning tea. Your return drive to Auckland will be through the farming areas of Waitoki and Dairy Flat. Return to the ship.
O que saber
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- Space is limited, so please reserve early