Kauri trees and Chiese food
Trip Start Sep 11, 2005
34Trip End Jun 25, 2006
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Fred's on call today (Sunday) and runs a busy morning and afternoon clinic, occasionally getting called to the hospital to sew up a cut or something like that. Watching the 3 TV channels available and reading novels like the Bourne Ultimatum is how we pass the on-call hours when we're stuck in town.
Yesterday we went on day trip to the Waipoua Kauri Forest
Just as we have begun to feel comfortable on the road, yesterday proved once again that you never know what can happen when you are driving here in NZ and to always be prepared for the unexpected. About 3/4 of the way to our destination we discovered the road we had to take was closed for repairs. Being the quick navigator that he is Fred found us an alternative route- the only down side was that the close droad was the only road that was actually paved. So it was a very bumpy and long 20 km up and over this range of hills on very narrow and windy gravel roads. Also, we passed one farmer herding his sheep along the road to a new pasture and on the way back one free cow roaming the highway and panicked by the cars. We did manage to make it safe and sound and felt pretty proud of ourselves for making it to our destination! Rally car drivers have nothing on us now!!
The alternative route proved to be well worth it and we had a great afternoon walking in the Kauri forest. Kauri trees are native to NZ and used to cover large parts of the North Isalnd. However like most places they have been logged to the point of almost extinction and are now protected. What makes them special is the sheer size and age of them if allowed to mature. The forest we went to has the largest remaining trees in NZ
We finished off our day at a lovely little harbour-side cafe for dinner.
Today is our Chinese wedding anniversary and we deiceded to brave the one Chinese restaurant in town, as Kaitaia isn't exactly teeming with Asian culture. We were relieved to see it was actually run by an Asian person (I think the second one we have seen after Fred). We got some "takeaway" and it was not that bad... not awesome, but definetly edible!
All in all, we had a wonderful Chinese-anniversary-weekend. We looked back on the last year and are very thankful for all the amazing things that have happened.