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My youngest son celebrated his birthday while we were in New Zealand, and we took a special trip to the Otorohaunga Kiwi House to commemorate the occasion. While passing through, Kihikihi, on the way to the Kiwi House, we happened upon a busy looking bakery, and stopped for a snack. Viands Bakery was a great choice, earning every one of its numerous awards – including New Zealand’s Bakery of the year in 2011 and 2012 and accolades for their pies over many years – of which there was such an interesting and delicious looking selection of both savory and sweet, it was difficult to choose just one. I finally settled on the beautiful Ginger, Peach, Pear, Cointreau pie, which was fabulous and made me instantly regret that I hadn’t bought one of every flavor to sample.

Ginger, Peach, Pear and Cointreau pie from Viands Bakery

Ginger, Peach, Pear and Cointreau pie from Viands Bakery

Viewing the fabulous Pies being made at Viands Bakery

Viewing the fabulous Pies being made at Viands Bakery

Max picked out several treats, but his favorite was a Sultana Bun that we named the Birthday Bun.

The Birthday Bun from Viands Bakery

The Birthday Bun from Viands Bakery

The Otorohaunga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park was an excellent experience, founded in 1971 to help protect and save the Kiwi, we learned a lot about the amazing birds, and experienced the fun and educational feeding of the nocturnal, flightless animals and saw first hand the wonderful and rather extraordinary relationship between the handlers and the birds – it was truly delightful.

Outside the Otorohaunga Kiwi House

Outside the Otorohaunga Kiwi House

We followed the well maintained nature trail, enjoying the native trees, and the largest private collection of other native birds and reptiles, before heading back home to continue the birthday celebration.

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