Saturday, 4 August 2012

Day 55 - Monday 30th July - Awanui to Waipoua Forest

Today was still really wet when we woke up :( so we headed south to Kaitaia to do some supermarket shopping whilst it was raining.

When we came out of the supermarket the sun was shining for a few minutes which made us hopeful!!

Onward south we drove through some very heavy rain showers and a few patches of blue sky to Wairere Boulders. The Wairere Boulders are huge boulders 3-4m diameter (if not bigger) in a wooded river valley. The walkway took you over, under and through the rocks. It was amazing!!

Wairere Boulders

Wairere Boulders

Ruth stood in a boulder cave

Luke clambering through the boulders

Just look at the size of them!!

Luke hiding in another boulder cave

The boulders and footbridge

Can you see the beautiful patterns carved in the rocks by the erosion?

We continued our journey south to the small towns of Opononi and Omapere where there was a lookout over the Hokianga Harbour and the Tasman Sea.

Hokianga Harbour from road

Hokianga Harbour from lookout

Onward we travelled to the giant Kauri tree forest called Waipoua Forest and saw a HUGE Kauri tree which is approximately 2000 years old!!!
  
The "Lord of the Forest" giant Kauri tree
We then found a campsite in the Forest and who should also be there but a British family who we had been on the 90 mile coach trip with a few days ago.

1 comment:

  1. a good place for bouldering for acre mill crowd!

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