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Feb 16, 2015 - Kauri Coast

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on The Bay of Islands & Northland has to say about the Kauri Coast: “Apart from the odd bluff and river, this coast is basically unbroken and undeveloped for the 110km. The main reason for coming here is to marvel at the kauri forests, one of the great natural highlights of New Zealand. This is one for the chubby chasers of the tree-hugging fraternity – you’d need 8m arms to get them around some of the big boys here. The highlight of Northland’s west coast, this...

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Year 9B: AUS and NZ

Jan 13, 2013 - Dargaville

January 13 We both struggled to get to sleep last night. The temperature did not fall much and, despite having the windows open wide, the room felt stuffy and hot. In addition, something down at the docks was making a regular and loud whooshing noise which made getting to sleep difficult. We managed to drop off eventually but were both reading books at midnight. At the office in the morning I enquired about changing the status of our booking later in the week to enable us to access the internet and get breakfast. Much to my surprise not...

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Jan 13, 2012 - On the road in Northland

We've now spent two nights in our campervan - both with a lovely sea view. The second night in Glinks Gulley was very windy and wet - not a very restful night. We've woken up to glorious sunshine today though and are heading north to the kauri forest to walk, swim and fish. Too windy for diving at the moment, and the waves in the Tasman sea are pretty huge, so not much more than paddling going on. The van is BIG, noisy and very spacious, but it's not like driving a Ferrari. We've already driven along gravel tracks and back roads and it...

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Dec 23, 2009 - I'll tell you where the four winds sleep....

Like four lean hounds the lighthouse keep, Wildflower seed in the sand and wind, May the four winds blow you home again .... Wow, what an incredible week. I am finishing my tour of the Northland and the Far North and heading south back towards Auckland today. I made it all the way to Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga in Maori, which as legend goes is the departing place for souls as they journey back to the home land of Hawaiki. Awesome! It is also where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. Very cool. But let me backtrack. I started with meeting...

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May 8, 2009 - Forêt Waipoua

En cette journée pluvieuse, nous sommes allés dans la forêt Waipoua où l’on retrouve les fameux et immenses arbres Kauri. Certains arbres que nous avons vus étaient âgés de 2000 ans… difficile à imaginer! Nous avons d’abord été voir les « 4 sisters »; 4 arbres Kauri qui poussent extrêmement près les uns des autres. C’est spécial sachant que ces arbres ont besoin d’énormément de lumière pour pousser. Nous avons ensuite fait une randonnée dans la forêt qui nous a mené à Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the forest); un énorme arbre Kauri....

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Sep 10, 2008 - Kauri Coast

We both woke up about 7.30am as there was lots of activity on the wharf but that was ok as we wanted to get moving and get out of Auckland anyway. We begged use of the office toilets again and then hit the road! Sam had planned a route around the northern part of the Island including the Bay of Islands. We stopped at a lovely nature reserve for breakfast and were joined by some tame ducks and then some others with ducklings - they were so cute!!! There were also sheep and lambs to watch as well. In doing our washing up we noticed a leak...

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Bridget's Trip!

Apr 10, 2008 - Waipu Forest and Dargaville.

We had bit of a lie in today - didn't leave till 9-45. Went to a look-out point just south of town, and had great views over the bay and dunes. Went south to forest, and walked to see "Tane Mahuta" - the largest (volume wise) kauri tree left standing. There is currently 7,500 hectares of forest left, but before the europeans came to fell and logg there had been in excess of 1 million hectares of forest. There are small pockets of forest scattered over Northland, but the Waipu forest is the biggest. 2Ks south is another walk to the Four...

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Dec 15, 2007 - Waipoua National Forest

The place we headed to on the west coast was called Waipoua National Forest and it is home to the largest Kauri trees in NZ, and we're talking serious height and girth here people! The weather was much better over here so we found a great free camping spot near Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) and then went in search of some showers! After getting squeaky clean we parked up for the night and had the first go with our cooking stove and a few brewskies! We managed to rustle up pasta and tomato sauce without too much hassle! Scrummy...! The...

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Aug 7, 2007 - Kauri forests

Not the best morning ....heavy rain but we set off from Opononi campsite to see the Kauri forests on the west coast....and in particular the oldest one Tane Mahute which is over 2500 years old and VERY BIG.... 60m high and 17m in girth.... very impressive even in the pouring rain. Next campsite was Dargarville where we had a very strange very hot bath......well they called it a spa pool. We uncovered a steaming bath tub about 10foot by 6ft and 3ft deep pressed a button and had a high very hot jaccuzzi! Just what we needed after a wet travel...

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