25-11-2004

Our Tiritiri Matangi day started with bright sunny weather! We booked the
ferry and the overnight stay prior to our trip. Ferries are run by Fullers and start in
Auckland and Gulf Harbor, Manly (about 1 hour north of Auckland). From Manly the
ferry ride is NZ $ 80,- two way for two persons. The bunkhouse can be booked by e-mail
and phone (+64-9-476 0010, see also the Tiritiri Matangi website NZ $ 40,- for two dorm
beds). On the boat we met the Finnish birder Antti Karppi again (met him before in
Miranda) and we exchanged first experiences. The first new species was a fact before we
set foot on the island: a Saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus, Zadelrugspreeuw)
loudly welcomed us. During the introduction speech the abundance of birds distracted us
quite a bit and after leaving our luggage at the bunkhouse we were on our way. Started to
walk the Ridge Road Track to the north side of the island and walked the East Coast