Animals of New Zealand

I went on a week long trip around the Southern Island for my school’s spring break. 聽I took lots of pictures and had a fantastic time – if you ever get the chance to vacation in NZ, absolutely do it! But here – the animals I saw. 馃檪

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Kia on car

I was waiting for the tunnel to open to Milford Sound (it takes about 5 minutes if you catch the light) and when I got out to take pictures, a kia landed on my car! They’re alpine parrots, very friendly and incredibly smart.

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Kia investigating car

This little dude then flew over to the next car and popped his head in the window to investigate! When I was loading up my car a few days later, one tried to unzip my suitcase.

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kia photographed

Oh, yes, he knows he’s fabulous.

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kia with cracker

I popped outside after making dinner and a different kia was cleaning up after some messy guests!

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kia saying hello

She ended up sharing her food with her friend – and I finally got a shot of the bright underside of their wings. 聽So pretty!

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seal rolling

I went kayaking the next day and we ran into a seal who was digesting food by rolling around in the water next to us. 聽So much fun to watch!

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penguin walking

And we saw a penguin!! This is a Fiordland Crested Penguin, and he was just out for a walk when we passed by. 聽My first NZ penguin sighting!!!

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sea lion diving

We then saw a juvenile sea lion making a graceful dive into the water. 聽It was quite funny – he just slipped and bumbled down the rocks until bam! he hit the water.

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duck

And finally, ducks in Wanaka. 聽They were super cute and just swimming around as the sun set.

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