Another quick trip to Levin, and another picnic lunch on the way home – this time at Paraparaumu Beach. We certainly were not the only ones enjoying a lunch stop at the beach, other cars were parked up enjoying the view as well. Seagulls got their feet wet on the foreshore, and wheeled about in the wind, having a fine old time. While overhead small planes took off from the nearby Paraparaumu Airport and roared overhead. The clear conditions made the distant mountains of the South Island very easy to see on the horizon.
Parked close by was “M V Aihe” of Kapiti Tours. This company takes customers to the nearby Kapiti Island, a bird sanctuary run by the Department of Conservation. A permit is essential before visiting Kapiti island and must be booked prior to arranging the ferry transport, and a maximum of 50 permits per day are issued. We have visited Kapiti island several times over the years and the abundant bird life on this predator free island is a delight to see. This is a wonderful trip for any travellers passing by.