Penguin – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Little Blue Penguin (ferry penguin) in New Zealand

P is for penguin . . .  or precious.   Practical Information:  Native to New Zealand these little blue penguins are fairly common on New Zealand coasts and also found in southern Australia. They are the world’s smallest penguin, standing just over 25cm (10 inches) and weighing only about a kilogram (2.2 pounds). They are […]

Penguins, Sharks, Sea Life: Kelly Tarlton’s in Auckland

Kelly Tarltons SeaLife Aquarium

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium was the first place we visited when we arrived in New Zealand over 12 years ago. Despite being tired from the long flight we were looking forward to seeing penguins and riding the moving sidewalk through the world’s first acrylic tunnels allowing stingrays, sharks, and other southern ocean marine life […]

Yellow Eyed Penguins in New Zealand: World’s Rarest Penguin

The yellow eyed penguin is considered the world's rarest penguin. Photo in New Zealand

We stood quietly in the trench, a hiding hut for humans. Here we waited, and then watched as yellow eyed penguins headed to their nesting boxes. It’s important that these endangered birds remain undisturbed. Watching quietly from our hut, we were so well hidden the penguins didn’t know we were there. Their nesting boxes seemed […]

Wellington Zoo, Home to the Only Bear in New Zealand

Sun Bear at the Wellington Zoo, New Zealand

Wellington Zoo calls itself the “Best Little Zoo in the World,” and they just might be accurate. Having lived most of my life near large cities with somewhat famous zoos, I thought I had seen it all.  Not so. The Wellington Zoo offers many surprises, and is worth a visit.  It’s one of the highlights […]

Photo Highlights of 2014: Birds in New Zealand

Tui on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand

With over 170 different types of birds in New Zealand, it’s hard to go a day without seeing a beautiful example of our feathered friends.  As 2014 comes to an end, I want to share some of the year’s highlights in photos.  It’s a three part series, with bird photos as number one, followed by […]

Hike to Monro Beach-Spotting a Fiordland Crested Penguin

Tawaki - Fiordland Crested Penguin

The hike to Monro beach, through New Zealand’s subtropical rainforest region is spectacular on its own. With the added bonus of seeing a Fiordland Crested Penguin, this is now one of our most special days in New Zealand. The Fiordland Crested Penguin is one of the rarest penguins in the world, and one of the few […]

Eating Cakes and Viewing Penguins in St Kilda a Melbourne Suburb

Little Blue penguin at St. Kilda pier, Melbourne, Australia

St Kilda is a Melbourne suburb famous for the row of bakeries and cake shops on Acland Steet, Luna Park (an amusement park), and the little blue penguins that nest on the rocks under the main pier. We love penguins and seeing them was our motivation for the visit late one afternoon. We opted to take an easy tram […]

Penguins on the Peninsula of Magdalena in Santander Spain?

The Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander Spain

Santander is full of surprises.  It is another interesting city along the Cantabrian coast of Spain, and the office of Tourism in Santillana Del Mar recommended it as a fun place to visit with great surfing beaches. We were told by others it is popular among the Spanish, sort of a hidden gem with beaches equivalent […]