Winter in New Zealand can be dreary and boring, so last month we escaped to the tropical, summery island of Maui! While we recover, please enjoy some pictures from the trip:
The view from our room.
We went birding, of course.
A black crowned night heron, out in the day.
Hawaiian stilts, which look like NZ’s pied stilts but are different.
The view over the pond area.
Sunset over the Pacific.
It was beautiful every night.
We went on the park’s 100th birthday!
View down to the ocean from halfway up the mountain.
Lava flow and a 600-foot tall mound.
The crater area actually has many separate volcanic mounds.
Spot the people on the trail!
Since Haleakala is 10,000 feet tall, it makes a great place for an observatory.
The wind turbines from before, now very far away.
Mauna Loa/Kea (not sure which) on the Big Island in the distance.
The summit seems barren, but some unique plants and animals live there.
We were lucky the whole thing wasn’t covered in clouds.
It was a lovely trip.
It’s almost spring in New Zealand, which means more adventures to come (once we can leave the house without getting wet). Stay tuned!