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Apr 18, 2011 - Observations of things that are different in NZ from the USA

This is not meant to be critical but is just an observation of things that are different in New Zealand. New Zealander's: never, never tip. Restaurants pay their employees. What a novel idea! If a tip jar is present it is for the earthquake victims in Christchurch or some other charity. Most New Zealander's don’t use clothes dryers, just a clothes line. Fish & Chips is wrapped in paper, tartar sauce & or tomato sauce are sometimes extra. New Zealander's usually text because cell phone calls are very expensive and calls are not free to...

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Apr 16, 2011 - Auckland Airport Motel

We have now traveled completely around both islands and seen more than most Kiwi's! What a trip! We decided to stay here for a few nights to rest up and get everything ready for our flight home at 6am on the 19th. Denise and Murray arrived with their motor home a little after lunch on the 17th to pick up their car. We visited with them for a while and they were off. We will see them this fall when they arrive in Oregon. Without their help and invitation this adventure would never have happened! Thanks again D&M! Time for bed, we get up at...

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Apr 15, 2011 - The Kauri Museum & Matakohe Church

If you get to this part of New Zealand be sure to plan on spending a minimum of two or three hours here, maybe even more. It details the history of the Kauri tree and the gumdigger's that worked here. The gumdigger's would prob the swamps in search of "gum" the resin that formed in the trees before they were buried in the swamps. This gum was sold to make shellac and many other products. Some pieces were sold as museum pieces and they had a large collection of these in the museum. Other gum collectors climbed these giant tree to collect the...

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Nov 29, 2009 - November 27

November 27 Today was an interesting day. We got up, organized and headed south along the back road to Kohukohu to catch the ferry across Hokianga Harbour. By doing this we saved driving across the country to come back again. The ferry only took 15 minutes. We think it might have held 15 vehicles. From there we got on Hwy 12 and headed to the Waipoua Forest. The posted speed was 100km/hr but there were times when we actually got up to 50km/hr. It was a very windy up and down road. It took an hour to go 45 km. We stopped at the Tane Mahuta...

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Apr 21, 2007 - Matakohe

After leaving Opononi we headed down the west coast and headed right through the "kauri coast". Kauri is a species of tree indigenous only to New Zealand and are absolutely enormous! We stopped off to see the bigest one in the world. Then drove a little further a went for a hourish walk through the forest to see amongst others the 2nd biggest and a formation of 4 kauris called the "4 sisters". I was so pleased to have come up close to the kauris especially the biggest ones in the world! After passing through the forest we reached Matakohe...

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Jan 5, 2007 - Kauri Tree Museum

Well after we packed up camp this morning we were back on the road from the east coast all the to the west with a stop in between at Matakohe for a visit to the Kauri Tree Museum. The Kauri trees only grown on the north island and are native to NZ. The trees are massive and grow up to 30 m high and live about 2000 years! The museum takes a good look at the history of NZ forestry. The museum also has an intersting "gum" collection. Gum is the sap from the Kauri trees that is hardened and turned into amber...or used as polish for the many...

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Dec 29, 2006 - Matakohe

Matakohe houses the Kauri Museum with it's scaled down model of a working sawmill. It is well worth a visit and gives you an idea of how large the Kauri forests were. It also gives you an idea of how large the logging and milling industries were at that time. The layout is great and shows how all the milling machinery and the men that ran it functioned. A secondary industry to logging was the gum industry. There is a Gum Room in the museum with a very extensive collection of amber, all shapes and sizes. The amber was retrieved from swamps...

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