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It is time to leave our magnificent hotel in Auckland, at least for the time being and start on the real adventure; learning to drive a different car. We pick it up in Auckland and after an explanation of what the letters meant next to the gear lever, we areready to set off. Gordon, being a star, offers to drive first.
It is a long drive, first out of Auckland and then through amazing and ever-changing countryside. Much of ...
... sandal, oh no. Luckily your left leg is redundant in an automatic car, I could have posted it home with my sleeping bag. Firstly though because Jane was concerned about accommodation in Auckland, and quite rightly to, we popped to the iSite and got them to book accommodation for us, we opted for the YHA international as it had parking available, we took a four bed mixed dorm, shared bathroom. While walking into the iSite my ...
... car and had supper. I then went for a walk down to the river and along a track through the podocarp forest. Tis fair to say that most ferns were huge, I felt like a Lilliputian walking amongst them. Various bits reminded me of different things. The ferns, of Dartmoor. The smell, of French forests in the summer sun. The noise of the birds, like those in the rain forests of Borneo. It made me think that the brain's way of making sense is to compare them to previous ...
... Mahuta". We had to drive quite a bit out of our way to get to it, and along harrowing curves and narrow roads on the opposite side of the road from what we're used to, but once we did, we were absolutely astounded by the grandeur and beauty of this tree. It is estimated to be about 2,000 years old -- what it must have seen over those years. Imagine the change people have created on earth over the past 2,000 years. It was quite a spiritual moment for ...
... girth: 13.8 meters
trunk volume: 244.5 cubic meters
length: 212 meters
Photo of Jon in front of tree trunk outlines, Tane Mahuta is the inner black line
Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the forest): 2nd largest known living kauri
trunk height: 10.21 meters
trunk girth 16.41 meters
trunk volume: 208.1 cubic meters
photo of Jon in front of tree trunk outlines, Te Matua Ngahere is the 2nd inner black ...