Saturday, 6 February 2010

Waipoua Forest and Tane Mahuta

We weren't sure what to do today because the weather has been a bit iffy.  In the end Roy and Heather said they would take us to Waipoua Forest to see Tane Mahuta, the largest and oldest Kauri tree in New Zealand, over 2,000 years old.  On the way we just pulled off the road to look at Haruru Falls which were not at their best because there has been so little rain in the North this summer.

 We were soon on SH12 heading towards the west coast.  It wasn't long before we were driving alonside Hokianga Harbour and the views were magnificent.  We stopped for lunch at a little cafe in Opononi, right at the mouth to this natural harbour.

 After lunch we carried on to Waipoua Forest and just above Hokianga Harbour we were treated to spectactular views. 

At the forest, we parked the car and took the short walk to see Tane Mahuta. (Moo Moo came too)

 It is truly a magnificent tree and it's hard to imagine it has been there for so long.

Moo Moo getting in the picture again!

 After our visit we started back to Paihia with just a short break for a little snack.  Just as we were arriving it started raining with a vengence but now it is all clear again.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nanny & Grandad, I cant wait to see you in one week I hope you are ok and hope Moo Moo is OK. Cuddly cow cant wait to meet a new friend. Lots of love Luke and the family (cuddly cow)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx