We then drove through some spectacular country, very volcanic and very lush green to the Wairpou (?) Forest where there were enormous Kauri Trees. We thought we wouldn't be impressed by trees anymore, after Red woods Sequois and Fig trees, but we both gasped when we were faced by the largest tree in NZ, with its white bark and enormous girth.
On a more personal note Cheryl has taken the wheel of our beloved van for the first time and loved it like a duck to water! Will I get a look in? Camping tonight beside a mountain stream.
A short journey from our campsite was the place where the first Treaty between the Maoris and the British was signed. This of course was a MUST SEE. It did not disappoint from the Maori war canoe to the Colonial Residence all with wonderful views of the Bay of Islands and in the Sun!!! We'd been debating which way to go after this but in the event decided to turn west rather than go further north, what a great decision. We passed the most northernly Hot Thermals so obviously went of track to visit. This turned out to be another Heath Robinson affair. But the mud waters in different tanks, were wonderful! though smelly of course. We were the only ones there so were able to sample all the different heats and then stayed in the Lobster pool!! There were bubbles rising to the surface from which steam evaporated, and the mud was very hot to our bottoms!! Afterwards, we made and ate lunch at the back of our own personal tea room. (our van).