Taieri Island or Moturata lies just off the Otago coast at the mouth of the Taieri River about half an hours drive south of Dunedin. The island is a wildlife reserve and is home to many seabirds and probably seals too. It was apparently the site of a whaling station in the 1830's and 40's. At low tide it's possible to walk out to the island. It was low tide when I was there a couple of weeks ago and I probably could have made the walk to the island but I didn't want to risk it and have to wait for the next tide to get back. The beach was almost deserted apart from the sea birds and a man in a wet suit who appeared to be preparing to swim to the island, I didn't stay to find out. The title of this photo refers to one of my favourite books "To the Is-land" by one of my favourite New Zealand authors Janet Frame.