We’re going on a bear hunt.
We’re gonna catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We’re not scared.
It’s the height of summer in New Zealand and the days are deliciously long and warm, which means that there’s no better time than now to go adventuring. Shane and I have been ‘hunting bears’ around the greater Wellington region, exploring places we’ve never been before and finding hidden gems in this wonderful place that we call home.
We climbed red rocks and spied on new birds. We found one we’d never seen before, took some photos and identified it using our book once back home. Meet our new friend, the New Zealand pipit.
We chased rainbows on the south coast. It was so windy that the ocean was blowing up into little sprays of water, and when the light hit this spray in just the right way it was as if rainbows were rippling over the top of the water. So, so magical.
We battled the wind for the whole walk back to the van, the sand whipping up against our legs and feeling like tiny razor blades scratching our skin. It was worth it for those magical rainbows.
We got swooped by a brazen pied stilt at Pauatahanui inlet. We must have been near her nest, as she was calling out a sharp warning and dive-bombing anything that moved.
We tracked royal spoonbills in the rain, seeing them in flight then trying to work out where they had landed. We saw lots of other birds out enjoying the shower, until eventually we found two great white crested birds resting in a creek. We’d never seen a spoonbill before, and they are such a sight to behold.
We had a picnic on Petone beach then wandered the wharf, making new friends as the sun set behind the city.
We followed the fenceline around Zealandia ecosanctuary, climbing steep hills and dipping into lush forested valleys, following green kakariki and feeling the sun kiss our shoulders as we gazed out at the turquoise sea.
Hunting Bears: it’s about taking a walk outside, doing things you might not have expected to do and keeping your eyes wide open to everything that’s happening around you. It means taking the time to examine the leaves of a beautiful tree, to listen to the birdsong through a forested valley, to appreciate a stunning view or a quiet moment when everything feels real and honest and true.
Where have you been hunting bears lately?