Land Of The LETS Green Dollar
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This kiwi was stuffed. Much like how it must've felt after laying one of those eggs!

6. Sunday, March 30
(New Plymouth)

Kiwis Do Cry

John Grant left bright and early on this wet and misty morning. Bryan and Joan wanted to give the campervan a dry run before our long upcoming trip, so we headed off to the Egmont National Park up on Mt. Taranaki (2,518m).

Lots of signs warned us to watch out for the wingless kiwis in the national park, but we weren't fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of these elusive little birds. The only one we saw was stuffed and in a glass case in the display centre at the top of the mountain. And beside it was a kiwi egg, and it was HUGE! I'm sure kiwis shed a tear or two when they lay their egg. And I say 'egg' purposely. They couldn't possible lay 2 eggs because kiwis lay the largest eggs of all birds, in relation to their bodies. And the egg is about a quarter of its body size!

The rain kept drizzling because of the high altitude, so Bryan kept our visit short. Soon we were back at sea level and soaking up the sunshine in Brooklands Park. The parks in New Zealand are very beautiful and well maintained, and this one was no exception. It featured a public stage surrounded by a moat and also a waterfall and fountain with a difference. The difference? Both waterfall and fountain were push button operated. No water wastage here! If you wanted to see the water cascading down the rock face � push the button. If you wanted to see the water fountain in all its glory � push the other button. So logical!

Bryan and Joan had gone to bed early, and I'd hoped to as well. After all, we were going on a long trip early tomorrow morning, to see the world famous geysers in Rotorua. I'd done some writing earlier that morning and decided to write my article for the New Community Quarterly tonight. But I didn't think it would take so long. I finally got to bed at midnight.

This article is taken from the ebook,
Land of the LETS Green Dollar

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