Our only native venomous spider, the Katipo looks like it's dressed to partake in some sporting endeavor representing New Zealand. This wee beauty was found lurking in a pair of discarded jeans at Birdlings Flat. There's a rumor that they are related to the Black Widow. This is a female, the male is non toxic is much smaller and less flamboyant. To me there is as much joy and excitement in an encounter with these less loved and treasured creatures as when you experience a shared moment in the wild with other more popular and famous critters.
On the other hand walking beside a Southern Right Whale along the Tolaga Bay wharf was pretty amazing