Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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D.O.C. Site # 7 - Forest Pools, Puketi Forest
D.O.C. Site # 6, Puketi Forest, Puketi Forest
It seems we weren't really alone. We were awoken during the night by a grunting animal sniffing around the van, perhaps a bloody-thirsty kiwi bird? More likely a boar. We knew it couldn't be anything too scary. So we both pretended that it didn't happen and dozed off again. But yet again we awoken that morning, this time by a pack of dogs and hunters on horseback.
Ah, the wildlife of NZ... I guess we ARE on their turf!
It's great to know that large predators like bears and wild felines, snakes and poisonous spiders (except one) don't naturally exist here. Mozzies and sandflies may be annoying and inconvenient but at least these ones don't carry disease
NZ apparently produces a third of the world's dairy supplies, that explains why we see them everywhere - cows and dairies. Dairies are to NZ what Food&Wines are to London.
But even though we haven't seen that many, there are apparently 4 times more possums than cows! We've decided that "possum" is the Maori word for road-kill as that's the only time we ever see them. Why DID the possum cross the road, I wonder?
On day 2 in the forest we trekked over to the other side. There we found a more flash campsite where fires are allowed. It was perfect weather for a spot of braaing, and you know how much we love to braai! And there's something extra special about a braai in the forest. A very chilled and enjoyable day indeed :-D