Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
28Trip End Mar 03, 2007
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After making our way over the coast in a series of confusing roads I managed to stumble upon the car ferry that took us over the Hokianga Inlet and over to Rawene. From there it was a short drive to Opononi, a place made 'famous' by the arrival of a dolphin called Opo in the 50s who became so tame you could ride her (The dolphin died a year later due to unknown cause). Opononi was where we took lunch on the jetty with the massively imposing sand dunes on the other side of the Hokianga Harbour.
After Opononi we headed south and inland into the stunning Waipoua Kauri Forests which stretches for about 30km south. The drive was an interesting, slow-pace affair as I took in the massive Kauri trees overshadowing the greenery below. We stopped to have a look at probably NZs most awesome tree, Te Matua Ngahere (The father of the Forest) This tree is said to be 2000 years old and and is a solid 5 meters in diameter all the way up.
After ambling out of the forests we headed further down south until we got to Baylys Beach about 12km before Dargaville. Here we stayed at the campsite but spent most of the rest of the day down at the flat rugged beach. We managed to fit in a few games of Frisbee and a pretty unskillful game of beach soccer between being interrupted by this old ginger headed American tie-dyed T-shirt wearing freak who kept pestering us to play 'Ultimate' Frisbee what ever the hell that is. He just would not take no for an answer, but I stood strong in my adamant refusal to play.
After the beach we had a quick game off pool while our Fish n Chips where being saturated with oil and that was pretty much the day spent as the day seems to be getting shorter and shorter.
The next day we woke up to a bit of rough weather and trodded back off down to Auckland.
Where I stayed
Baylys Beach Campground