Kauri Museum

Trip Start May 18, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, September 28, 2003

Got up early this morning to take advantage of the early morning light; took some photos and enjoyed the spectacular scenary. No sooner had I put my camera away it started to rain and by 8am it was pretty miserable. A good day to be indoors, so after breakfast we packed up our gear and headed for the Kauri Museum.

Having already visited Tana Matta, the oldest and largest Kauri tree still living in New Zealand, I was quite interested to learn more about the history of one of New Zealands most valuable natural resources.

We spent most of the day at this place, it was fascinating to see how important one species of tree was to the country. Hendrik was really in his element here, being a forester back home in Germany. I was very impressed with the fossil samples of wood that were over 40,000 years old and still felt like normal wood.

After a stop at the cafe next door to the museum it was time for Sebastian and I to say our goodbyes to Karen, Susann and Hendrik and head back south to Auckland. It had been a fantastic week of touring the Northlands and I knew that I would be back in this part of the country again.
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