New Zealand 2017

Kerikeri, 20-21 November


  Leaving Helensville, we travelled north, close to the west coast. *
  We detoured into the little town of Matakohe to see the Kauri Museum, a large area devoted to the history of kauri logging in the area. *
Kauri root   Outside the museum was the main root of a kauri. †
  The trees take hundreds of years to grow, but they were logged and used for items as unnecessary as a 21st birthday souvenir. †
  Or a wall decoration. †
  Further north, highway 12 wound through the Waipoua Forest, one of the few remaining areas of almost untouched native forest. †
  Alongside the road, young kauri trees were becoming established. *
  We parked and followed a boardwalk through the forest ... *
  to reach Tane Mahuta, a giant kauri estimated to be 1250 to 2500 years old. †
  Kauri have a long trunk that breaks into a spreading crown. *
  This gives an idea of the size of the tree. *
  Kerikeri was one of the first European settlements in New Zealand, with its historic part on the banks of a river basin. *
Kerikeri Store   This was the Stone Store. Intended as a storehouse, it became a general store, and is now a tourist centre. †
  This was the Mission House, with St James Church behind. Part of it is now used as a restaurant, where we had a pleasant lunch. *
  Although Kerikeri was a mission station, the Maori seem to have been unimpressed. †
  St James Church behind the garden of the Mission House. †
  This pear tree is said to have been planted by missionary Samuel Marsden in 1819 and to be the oldest of its kind in New Zealand. †
Haruru Falls   We visited nearby Haruru Falls. *
  There were signs warning against swimming and jumping, but apparently nobody pays much attention. †
  Sign in a Kerikeri pub where we had a beer, *

From Kerikeri, it was only a short journey to Russell.


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