|Gannet Colony on Cape Kidnappers|
The road was narrow and steep. The sheep grazing on the hills didn't seem to mind. The ride was worth it however. At the end was a huge colony of gannets. Many of them were still sitting on eggs and there were also a few recently hatched gannet chicks. It was a fascinating sight. We saw some birds protecting and feeding their chicks, while others appeared to be engaged in courting dances. Our guide said we were only seeing about a third of the colony because the parent birds take turns going out to get fish to feed the chicks.
On the way back to the ship, the driver took us on a short tour of the town of Napier. This town was destroyed by fire in the 1930s and then totally rebuilt in the Art Deco style that was popular at the time. The locals are very proud of the architecture.
|Another Gannet colony on a lower promontory|
Back at the ship, 5:30pm was block party time. Everyone was invited to bring a glass from their room and go out into the halls to meet their neighbors. The crew brought around wine and hors d'oeuvres. Everyone in the staterooms in our section came out. The captain and officers came through to shake everyone's hand. We are now on first name basis with all our neighbors.