I had expected to get an update much sooner, but was confronted with a computer meltdown over the New Year period. It has been a very busy season so far, with a relatively low number of advance bookings, but many late bookings and arrivals. We would advise prospective guests to book early, as we have had to turn quite a few away and decline late booking requests. After a rather windy and damp Xmas period, the weather has mostly been settled, with some glorious hot days. Scalloping has been good, with limit catches the norm and large shellfish. The snapper are also biting!
Our local resident white heron has been very much in evidence, having returned from the mating grounds earlier than most. Seal pups have been regularly seen at Wharariki Beach, and the scenery there is as glorious as ever. Lately we have seen and heard the young of Tuis, Bellbirds and California Quail. Of course the adults are very much in evidence as always.