NEW ZEALAND (5)


THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA

MARCH 2019

ROAD TRIP (PART 3 – FINAL)

Today we are heading back home after seeing many new and wonderful places.

We are driving along the Coromandel Peninsula, which is known for its pristine beaches and native forests and extends 85km north from the western end of the Bay of Plenty. Geared with our hiking shoes, we were ready to explore more of the forests on route.

Our first stop was at the Waipoua Forest where you can find the well-known kauri trees. The kauri is a native New Zealand tree that grows in the warm, northern part of New Zealand – the Coromandel Peninsula.

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Walking into the Waiau Kauri Grove

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Beautiful scenery in the forest

A few years ago, a fungus-like disease started to kill the Kauri forests. Microscopic spores infect the trees’ roots, stopping them from absorbing nutrients and water. It eventually starves the trees.

To try and save the kauri trees, the most basic solution is known as the barrel and grate cleaning station, where people scrub their footwear and spray it with disinfectant. We have seen these at every forest today.

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The foot cleaning stations at the entrance of the forest

Scrub and spray your feet with disinfectant before entering the forest

The kauri tree is one of the largest and longest-living trees in the world. Kauri can live for 1,000 years or more and its trunk can be over 2 meters in diameter.

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The kauri trees can be seen from a distance

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Me and Berto looking hilariously small standing in front of a very big kauri tree in the Waiau Kauri Grove

We are overwhelmed by the size of these trees!

All the paths in the forest are well constructed with raised walkways with non-slip surfaces, which make hiking very easy.

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Beautiful pathways in the forest

Next on our list was the Waiau Falls. It was not warm enough to take a dip into the cool water at the falls, but it was a great spot to enjoy nature.

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Entrance to the Waiau Falls

Beautiful native bush surrounds the falls and it is a popular swimming hole … but we’ve opted to just sit and relax on the rocks at the falls.

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The Waiau Falls

It was great to relax in these beautiful forests

There are beautiful hiking routes in this area and if we had more time, we would probably have taken a day trip into these amazing forests … maybe we’ll get another opportunity in the near future …

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Great hiking trails to the top of that mountain – wish we’ve had more time

After all the beautiful walkways in the forests, it was time for lunch. We’ve stopped at one of the local restaurants on route and ended our road trip on the Coromandel Peninsula with ribs and chips!

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Lunch time!

What wonderful 3 days we’ve had in this beautiful part of New Zealand!

There are so much more to see … but we are taking many great memories with us!

Categories: New Zealand (Feb-June 2019)

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