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it’s fair to say that the value we get from our friends of the zoo passes is fantastic.

Good Friday here in NZ so we decided to head to the zoo and flash the plastic (laminated zoo passes that is) like some back stage animal groupies at a big concert.

The weather was glorious today, just that perfect warmth for t-shirts but without frying.  

The finest moment by far was the unexpected close encounter with a giraffe.  He was eating his meal one micro morsel at a time delivered up by a range of variously excited, nervous, curious and terrified adults and children.  We got in before the veg ran out and the zoo keeper was so very impressed by Josie’s extreme excitability that she pulled her back for a special photo – see below!

The kids followed the holiday activity – a detective trail in which you learn all about eggs.  Topical!

   

                

 

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The girls were given some ‘Adopted Animal’ packs from Auckland Zoo at Christmas (thank you people, you know who you are)…  and included are one adult pass in each pack.

So we decided to head down in the holidays and took the vouchers with us, hopeful that we could reimburse them against annual passes which are awesomely good value.  Well, despite the fact that the zoo systems are not set-up to do this easily they made it happen.  And not in a grumpy, ‘you are making my day awkward’ sort of way, but in a cheery, ‘we think you are lovely and welcome’ kind of way.

With new passes proudly round our necks we spent a smashing afternoon wandering around and got a handful of nice  photos with my newest lens.  If that interests you read on, otherwise skip on to the photos!

Optional Photo Geek Commentary: The Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 is an amazing lens.  I’m so pleased with the image quality – it really looks fantastic on my 700D body.  At less than half the price of the equivalent spec Canon for an amateur it has to be a serious contender.  Sure if you are a pro you’d go for the Canon every time, but this is hard to look past.  I thought it would be an occasional lens, but I’m finding I leave it on more and more.  It was perfect for the zoo for getting nice close ups of the animals and the occasional portrait of the family.  I also relinquished control for a while so some of these are Josie’s photos.

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