Ngawha Springs to Trounson Kauri Park

Trip Start Nov 10, 2010
Trip End May 22, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , Auckland,
Sunday, January 30, 2011

After a leasurely start, including a soak in the hot pools (really hot!) and a bacon sandwich, we continued our journey to the west coast passing over the stretch of road that had been impassable the day before due to flood water. We stopped in Opononi for a coffee and walked up to a lookout for great views up and down the estuary. In the kauri forest, we visited 'Tane Mahuta', an ancient, giant kauri tree. The name means 'God of the Forest' and he's the largest known kauri tree and is maybe 2000 years old. It was a magnificent sight. 

We found our campsite on the edge of a forest,and settled in. A night walk through the forest unfortunately did not yield any kiwis (the birds), but we did see a few twinkling blue glow worms.        

Wildlife watch - Glow worms

Distance travelled - 130 km
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