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... Auckland own a boat of some sort. Some of the ones down at the marina were huge, some nice wooden ones and some not so nice 'plastic palaces'. I stopped and sat on one of the brightly coloured comfortable chairs that were arranged on fake grass outside a shipping container. The container was open like a garage and inside there were shelves of books for people to read in the sunshine. I thought it was a nice idea, gave the place a bit of character. I'm back ...
... of course!) We headed back south and stopped at a shop which makes furniture from Kauri trees. It was really impressive as each piece is unique and although I'm no expert the craftsmanship was amazing (yes I've used my favourite word again!) The region is famous for Kauri trees as they are found in swamps and can be thousands of years old. I don't know the technical reason but because they are in the swamps they remain perfectly preserved. In this case the items ...
Drove back up to the national parks to walk amongst the Kaori trees. We stopped off at the Trouson park, where we first encountered live Kaori trees. Stand up out of the forest canopy like giants at a dwarf tea party. Went up to the larger national park the Waipoa where the oldest and biggest Kaori known about resides, at over 60 meters tall and over 2000 years old it's a beautiful monster. Hard ...
... i really loved staying with them and getting a little insight into their culture.
The next morning we went to learn more about the Maori tribes..this was more of a tourist experience..where the lady explained and took us around a running Maori village where they live on/near active hot springs..she explained the meeting house to us and how it represents the body..roof being the backbone and the front house being the arms legs and face of the predecessors! She told us how ...
... Mission Bay for some fish (snapper) and chips and were joined by Rachel's friend Marisa, she's an excitable young lady. Alison asked if I'd be interested in jumping off the sky tower, bravado at a high I said oh yeah, trying to act cool and likely getting it wrong (nowt new there). "Excellent, you're booked in for Tuesday" was the response...mild panic attack. In bed by 10pm as we've been awake for ...