Ends of the Earth:The Spiritual Home of Maoridom
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Trounson Kauri Park
Next we drove down part of 90 Mile Beach, which is backed by huge sand dunes and if we had had a boogie board we would have tried a bit of sand boarding, we even considered using the camp table for a fleeting second then thought better of it. We cooked up some fried egg butties and ate them overlooking the sea with some great ocean waves we then headed off towards the Kauri Coast where there are some mega huge and ancient famous Kauri trees. It was a bit of a weird drive really, yet more truly stunning scenery but on the gravel roads (or were they tarmac, again we can’t drive on the gravel ones with our van so it must have been tarmac).
It’s bizarre but when you are driving on these twisty turning roads it just takes forever to get anywhere. In about three hours driving we saw one other car, a guy whom it appeared had never seen another human being for years, he couldn’t stop talking to us, it’s a bit weird for a guy to stop and chat to you when you are driving opposite directions on a road. None the less we were still on the right road and at about 5pm after seeing loads of beautiful rolling country side and amazing wildlife (we saw the most beautiful birds but didn’t manage to get a photograph – there we go twitching again) we found our campsite for the night. We cooked up some boiled rice and fried some onions with garlic and a chicken breast (half price of course!) between us poured over some kecap manis (our favourite Indonesian number a kind of really thick sweet soy sauce), got chatting to the couple next to us, Laura and Lawrence from Montana and drank just about all our stock of wine and stayed up chatting until 1am.