From the forests to the Bay of Plenty
Trip Start Apr 01, 2010
20Trip End Apr 30, 2010
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Well today was all about travel. We woke up at a decent hour, thanks to Vaughn's built-in alarm clock. After some coffee and friendly conversation with our fellow campers, we hit the road early with our sites set for the biggest tree in all of Oceana. These Kauri trees grow pretty tall and really thick. The Kiwis are pretty proud of them and like to compare them to the Sequoias/Red Woods. I'm not sure. I've seen Sequoias and now I've seen Kauris and there's no question which ones taller, but all in all the Kauri is an impressive tree and if you've see Avatar recently, you can't help but have a bit of a special feel for them. Plus I hear they make great lumber...just kidding (but they do).
Shortly after leaving this incredible forest in the very north of New Zealand, we began our journey south
At this point Vaughn "spit the dummy" a couple of times (google it) and Molly just about divorced me, but we all settled back into our grooves in time. And after an exhausting day of driving, we have actually made it to the Bay of Plenty. Our plan is to totally relax on the beach for the next day or two and then head towards Wellington. We are going to trace the east coast on the way down and then head up the west coast on our return so that we can explore New Plymouth.
So far I have to say that without a doubt the most impressive thing about New Zealand is the variety. We had a 20 min period today where we went from midwest style farmland/cattle grazing to ridiculously lush canyon walls to drop dead gorgeous coastline. I have never seen such dramatic changes in scenery before in my life. I don't really know how to describe them. We try to take pictures but it seems like by the time you've pick your jaw off the floor to find the camera you're in a different area all together again. If you get the chance to see this place for yourself, do it. You won't regret it.