Sunrise and/sunset : Inspire me Monday

Inspire Me Monday #61 – Week Of March 4, 2013

Inspire Me Monday

I like the idea of Inspiration Monday.
Monday’s often get the short end of the stick
But they are fraught with potential!
Judy Palmer


Kapiti Coast – Maps

Homepage –New Zealand Map

map of the Kapiti Coast district

Otaki – Waikanae – Paraparaumu – Paekakariki

Kapiti Island Nature Reserve


painting of Kapiti Island

Painting by Peg Rowe, local artist.

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island is home to an internationally famed nature reserve protecting some of the world’s rarest and most endangered birds. The island is one of New Zealand’s most valuable nature reserves being the only large island sanctuary for birds between the Hauraki Gulf in the north and the most southern outlying islands. 5km offshore and covering an area of 1965 hectares, Kapiti Island is 10km long and about 2km wide. The highest point, Tuteremoana, is 520m above sea level.

Vegetation on the island today are Kohekohe, Tawa and Kanuka. Many parts of the island are covered in scrub which is dominated by Fivefinger, Mahoe and Kanuka. These are regenerating after the devastating clearance fires of the 1800s and earlier. The bird life is abundant, with Kaka, Kakariki, Robin, Saddleback, Stitchbird, Weka, Kereru, Bellbird, Kiwi and the very rare Takahe.

A Marine Reserve lies adjacent to the Kapiti Island.


Music in Pictures Contest: A whole new world

A Whole New World

I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride.

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we’re only dreaming.

A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I’m way up here
It’s crystal clear
That now I’m in a whole new world with you
Now I’m in a whole new world with you.

Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky.

A whole new world
Don’t you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see
Hold your breath – it gets better
I’m like a shooting star
I’ve come so far
I can’t go back to where I used to be.

A whole new world
Every turn a surprise
With new horizons to pursue
Every moment red-letter
I’ll chase them anywhere
There’s time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you.

A whole new world
That’s where we’ll be
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me.

Photos: Kapiti Coast New Zealand (2009)

The Kapiti Coast (formerly known as The Golden Coast) is the name of the section of the coast of the south-western North Island of New Zealand that is north of Wellington and opposite Kapiti Island. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Wellington Regional Council.

Travel Theme: Ocean

Kapiti Coast,New Zealand, 2006


The Kapiti Coast area has also made appearances in television and film. Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings and King Kong fame) is from Pukerua Bay and went to high school at Kapiti College in Raumati Beach. Scenes from both of the aforementioned movies have been filmed on the Kapiti Coast. During the filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, some of the seminal battle scenes in the fields in front of Minas Tirith were shot in part at Queen Elizabeth Park. Kapiti Island figured in King Kong with the scenes approaching the lost island of King Kong shot in the waters between Raumati Beach and the island.

Tasman Sea

The Tasman Sea is the large body of water between Australia and New Zealand, approximately 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) across. It extends 2,800 km (approx.) from north to south. It is a south-western segment of the South Pacific Ocean. The sea was named after the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman, the first recorded European to encounter New Zealand and Tasmania. The British explorer Captain James Cook later extensively navigated the Tasman Sea in the 1770s as part of his first voyage of exploration.

Pacific Ocean. West side of North island. New Zealand.

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