In NZ as in Australia bellbirds are more often heard than seen. There is only one bellbird in NZ and to complicate things, the tuis sometimes imitate them.
|Bellbird Anthornis melanura perched on a bird feeder|
The hosts have set up some bird feeders with sugared water, so one can see tuis and the more elusive bellbirds from the kitchen window! A very clever idea in a country which has nectaring birds.
There were lots and lots of clever ideas in this amazing place, inside the house anywhere you turned there was a work of art. Be it on the walls, ceilings, doors, floors, etc. Unbelievable.
Outside there was a profusion of flowers, sculptures, ponds and discourses on overpopulation. There was tremendous creativity coupled with fantastic hospitality and a wonderful Thai chicken curry cooked at the drop of a hat. When we left the next morning our car was covered with rose petals.
For a view of some of the pictures that I've taken of this extraordinary place, click here.