We were volunteering for the Penguin Place, which is a conservation reserve dedicated to helping the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins (which can only be found in southern New Zealand). These penguins need shade and privacy to survive, but most of NZ's wetlands were cleared for farmland, so today we helped plant over three-hundred little trees in an ongoing effort to reproduce the penguins' habitat.
While we were there we got a tour of the penguin reserve, and we had the amazing opportunity to sneak a peak at a pair of yellow eyed penguins, as well as some little blue penguins (the smallest penguin species in the world), and even a seal just chillaxing by the beach.
It was a great day to meet new friends and lend a helping hand to the community.
There was also a ridiculously gorgeous day this weekend--I think it broke some 60-year record. So a couple of us spent the afternoon at a local beach to enjoy the weather. It was the first day I've wore shorts since arriving here!
It was the softest, whitest sand I have ever seen.
Christian and I thought it would be cool to take photos of us doing yoga poses on the beach... It was fun and we had a lot of laughs!
I promise I have assignments and classes, too! I don't spend every day playing on the beach or tramping through the hills... Those days just make for the best pictures!