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Vista del Sol attains 5 Star Grading

Posted by Mike on 1 November 2010 | 0 Comments

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Vista del Sol has been reviewed by Qualmark, the New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality, and has been awarded 5 star - for the guest and hosted category and an environmental silver award in its first year of business. 5 star is regarded as "exceptional - amongst the best available in New Zealand". Vista del Sol was assessed before opening last year as 4 1/2 and to move well into 5 star within our

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Birds - Birds - Birds - native NZ Birds

Posted by Mike on 15 July 2010 | 0 Comments

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What a week for native birds at Vista del Sol -

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Bird Update

Posted by Mike on 25 May 2010 | 0 Comments

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With the Banksias going into flower, now followed by the protia, red hot pokers, camelia, and finally the Kowhai - all the birds are back, grey warbler in are in tree outside my window, you can usually here them in full song from somewhere close by, the Tui are all round and usually singing from Dawn til dusk, - I saw one in the Kowhai today - it is a minature and now in flower - only a metre high but it did not stop the tui climbing all over it to sip the nectar.  The Bell birds are about, a flock of pukeko was in Satins paddock right up at the house - including a little one, hawks are close by the house - one has a gliding line that runs about 15 mitres away from my window, fantails are in constant motion, the Eastern Rosellas are roosting probably in the big pines - they spend time in the paddocks which still have seed heads on the grass, a morepork has moved back in we hear it calling at night.

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Tui's arrive

Posted by Mike on 22 April 2010 | 0 Comments


The Tui's have arrived with the Banksia going into flower in the last two weeks.  They call at dawn and evening - and are checking out the various trees during the day.  The have been away for several months since the pohutakawa finished flowering in January.

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Baby Tui at Vista del Sol, Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Kapiti

Posted by Mike on 8 January 2010 | 0 Comments

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The Tui were nesting in the large Banksia - they were quite aggressive chasing the sparrows away - we have been rewarded with a baby Tui pictured here - it does not sing - just follows its mother around squarking - baby Tui do not have a white bib, it was happy to flap between the banksia nesting tree and the Pohutakawa where it tended to hop around the branches calling for mum, after short clumsy flights it started following her to food trees further around the property.  In the last three weeks as all the Pohutakawa have come into flower more Tui have been in the garden, mating, chasing each other and defending a new nest in a newly flowering Pohutakawa from sparrows.

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Vista Del Sol Official Opening

Posted by Mike on 25 November 2009 | 0 Comments

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The Honorable Nathan Guy and her Worhip the Mayor of Kapiti Jenny Rowan officially opened Vista del Sol on the 16th November 2009 at 6.15pm in front of a 80 person gathering of tourism activity operators, Enterprise Kapiti and Porirua staff, Professionals, Neighbours, Building Consultants and supporters.

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Welcome Swallows back from their Migration

Posted by Mike on 25 November 2009 | 0 Comments

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The Welcome Swallows have all turned up from their annual migration, having left in June, and are building nests, they entertain with their aerial acrobatics in their continual hunt for insects on the wing.

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