OMG... we were in awe...those Kauri trees....I felt overwhelmed at the sheer size of these magnificent trees. The father of the forest has been estimated to be between 1,500 and 2000 years old, a seedling at the time of Christ. Called the Te Matua Ngahere with a girth of 16.41meters and height of 29.9m it was still not the tallest tree in the forest and was only the 2nd oldest. The tallest and oldest was the Tane Mahutu 'Lord of the forest' at 51.5 meters high with a girth of 13.8 and a young sapling at over 2000 years ago.
|At every location we cleaned our shoes|
|Te Matua Ngahere 'Father of the forest'.|
|And this was the tallest and oldest, Tane Mahutu|
Also, a 15-minute walk away, the four sisters, a group of 4 Kauri trees. Not as old as the other two but equally impressive.
Leaving around 11ish we headed off toward Auckland, not to stop for a look but to reach our destination of Coromandel Peninsular. 366 kilometres away it took us about 5 hours driving time. A few comfort stops on route and actually time was nearer 7 hours. So we pulled into a site in the heart of the Thames at about 18.00.....yep that's right this place is called the Thames a surprisingly large town, but the site was almost like a backyard with one toilet, one shower and room for about 7 campervans! Still, it's cheap and the staff are friendly and very helpful. We did have to pay a dollar to use the shower but for 5 minutes of hot water it was the sheer joy of being able to let the water run for that length of time (for those who know nothing about living on a narrowboat, water is to be used sparingly and letting a shower run is a sacrilege!) So tomorrow there is loads of things on the agenda, creek railway and hidden falls are but two.