Monday, July 10, 2017

Awanui to Baylys Beach

Our second last day on the move.  We stopped to see Tane Mahuta - the largest Kaori tree in NZ.  It's 4.4m in diameter and estimated to be about 2000 years old.  Kaori trees were used and logged by both the Maori and Europeans until they were almost all gone.  They're very slow growing so are now protected.

It doesn't look very big in the pictures with the kids being way closer to the camera but when you walk up to it it's very impressive!

This one is taken from further back and you can just see Conrad at the bottom of the picture.

Two smaller Kaori on the edges of the road.  The road is just one lane through there.

We stopped at the Ancient Kaori Kingdom - a store that sells all things made of Kaori that's been found in swamps in northern NZ.

Old Father Time

The middle of the store had a staircase built cut out of the center of a tree.

More gorgeous ocean views!

Baylys Beach - another expansive beach which is actually longer than "90 mile beach" but not as famous.

So many layers of different rocks...

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