Monday, September 19, 2011

Rugby World Cup Napier 2011 - France v Canada - France rugby team won

   Rugby World Cup 2011 - France v Canada

  New Caledonia rugby fans
France v Canada Napier 18 September 2011 at McLean Park.

Hastings Blossom Festival Parade 17 September 2011

 Red Thunder, Calgary Canada

Hastings Blossom Festival 15 - 25 September 2011
Hastings Blossom Festival parade is held every year in September since 1950s. The festival itself  It also means that spring arrived.This is an opportunity for  different NZ ethnic groups to join the festival dressed in their own ethnic costumes.  
The festival was held one day before a rugby match France v Canada and our guests from France and Canada have been invited  to take part in Hastings Blossom  Festival.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

VIDEO - Cape Kidnappers coastal walk - High tide approaches quickly

Late return from Cape Kidnappers.
Video recorded by Mary O'Neill. All rights reserved.

Top coastal walk in New Zealand - Coastal track in Hawke's Bay

Return walk from Scotsman Point (near Clifton camp) to Cape Kidnappers takes up to19.5 km or 5 hours walk. We strongly recommend you to see the tide schedule before you go. 
You can visit cape Kidnappers at a different time of year. At the end of the trip you will meet the large inland gannet colony. Gannet nesting from May to July.  However all the tourist agencies will tell you to plan your walk from October to April. 
You need to have your own  food and drinking water  in sufficient quantity to last for at least 5 hours. There is an proper  picnic area and toilet facility at the Cape Kidnappers.  You can not walk back late in the afternoon with the setting sun. Plan your return not later that 2 pm.  A hide tide is approaching quickly. Have a safe trip.

VIDEO - Napier Beach is unsuitable for swimming

 A big earthquake in 1931 lifted up the old part of the town. A Marine Parade Street is situated  in the old part of the town (Central) and runs along the Napier Beach. This beach is unsuitable for swimming.  Do not swim. Do not approach a Napier Beech from any direction.  Follow up the safe tips. Use sunscreen. 
Video recorded by Mary O'Neill. All rights reserved.
Video recorded by Mary O'Neill. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Waipukurau Festival September 2011

The Central Hawke's Bay  Festival takes place at the beginning of September each year in Waipukurau.  Pictured 2 participants  at a stole in the chili cook off. One of the hottest entrances.
 We also  met a group of NZ rugby fans. Festival ended on Sunday 11th of September.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wildlife at Cape Kidnappers - Gannet chicks


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Mary O'Neill

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 Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve