Kingsgate Hotel Whangarei
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... into a sizeable lump, which is then discarded with the bark as the tree grows.
The Maori used Kauri gum as a chewing gum and for lighting fires, and it was also used as a tattoo pigment. The Europeans collected Kauri gum from above ground and then later dug it up from below ground as well.
Men could make a living just from gum digging. The gum was shipped overseas to be incorporated into lacquers, varnishes and linoleum. Eventually the ...
... wide, he replied, "This is the town!" Good enough for me.
Ineveitably not every place has been great. There was an eco lodge (not Air BnB) in a valley in the middle of nowhere. It was late, it was pouring with rain and a gale blowing. Take a look at the picture of the truck...... I opted for the yurt and spent a cold, damp night fully clothed under 2 smelly duvets, having heated up some soup in the dark and wet.
... a few posters giving information about the whereabouts of the masters of the forest. A small forestry commission notice said Tane Mahuta this way 5 mins. We made our way along the boardwalk and came upon a couple of people taking photos. We stopped turned around and gasped. There are trees and there are trees but this my friends truly was an awesome tree. We have never ever seen a tree with so big a trunk ever , this tree is at least 800 years old. Centuries ago ...
... evening at the Northcote Tavern and it was great to catch up with her.Thursday 8th January -Decided to go to Parnell Domain Gardens but didn’t really have much time so visited the two glass houses and nearby gardens that were really nice. Then off to the airport to pick up the hire car and were dismayed to see our economy car/boat? a Toyota ‘Raum’, never seen anything like it before and nicknamed it Raul but ...
... was time to leave so as not to stress out the mothers and babies, I learnt that the babies are unable to maintain their body heat and have to feed ever 3 minutes and when humans boat or predators are around the mothers and babies get very stressed and the babies can die. As the boat sped of the dolphins followed us in the wake jumping and playing around it was quite surreal. Another first for me on our return we left to our own device. So ...