Kauri Trees are Amazing
20.02.2013 - 22.02.2013
Luckily Ammy had shown up for supper last night with her boyfriend’s car and stayed the night. This morning Murray’s van wouldn’t start and so Ammy gave Don and I and some luggage a ride to the airport so everyone else could go in their car. We got our flight to Auckland and when we arrived got the shuttle to the rental car place. Then we set out in the rental van and found our way out of Auckland, heading north towards the Bay of Islands. We had lunch in Orewa at the Walnut Cottage Café, a nice place to eat. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful day and the good food. Then back in the van to Kerikeri, where we stopped for groceries before driving on to our rental accommodation. Lots of room and a spectacular view. Had supper and went to bed.
Thursday Mani decided to stay home while the rest of us went off to explore Kerikeri. We stopped at the park where the Stone Store and Kemp House are located. After seeing the Stone Store and walking a bit, we had lunch at the Pear Tree Café – very nice place. Then we went to see Rewa’s Village and Discoverer’s Garden. This is a recreation of a Maori village and a garden with lots of information about the plants and their uses. Then the men walked up the trail to Rainbow Falls. Donna and I drove into Kerikeri and shopped at a couple of fruit stands before going to buy groceries. Then over to Rainbow Falls to pick up the guys and home to make supper.
Friday we got an early start and drove over to the Waipoua Forest, to see the giant Kauri trees. (About 3 hours there) They are huge and quite amazing – 2000 years old!!
We had lunch very late in Opinoni and stopped at the hot springs at Ngawha Springs before coming home for supper. Everyone pretty tired after all that driving.