Barb & Dave's Trip to the South Pacific travel blog

Largest tree in NZ

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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 which is the oldest and largest tree in NZ. It isn’t as tall as the North American Redwoods or Douglas Firs but just as impressive. They said it had 30 different specices of tree growing in its crotches. From there we drove to Dargaville and picked up groceries for the next 2 days. Then we drove to Matakohe and had an interesting drive to the campground. The tour guide said it was near the main road but 20km later we finally reached it. But it was worth the drive. We had a campsite on the water and all the facilities to ourselves. It is nice to camp before the holiday season. We BBQd steak and enjoyed the peacefulness.

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