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  • Day206

    West coast, Northland

    December 20, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Our next stop was a long drive down to Rawene which is were we would be camping for the night. There was a long drive down and a wait for the ferry, but a swimming pool was waiting for us at the end, bliss. We visited the huge and stately kauri trees the next day. Tane Mahuta is really quite awe-inspiring, especially when you hear the rather beautiful Maori creation story it is part of. Kauri aren't as big as the redwoods we saw in California, but they somehow seem more imposing and grand.
    We stayed in relative luxury at the Trounson Top 10 so we could take advantage of their kiwi tour, but we told it wasn't running because of lack of interest! But they did give us a DIY kiwi hunting kit and at 10pm, we set out for the reserve with a Dutch father and son who also wanted to see a kiwi. We set off on the boardwalk through the reserve and shone our huge red light into the bushes, keeping as quiet as possible. And after 10 minutes or so we were rewarded by seeing a little kiwi rustling around in the bushes in front of us! We must have watched it for 2 minutes or more and it came within a few metres of us! It was the only kiwi we saw that night, but we had an amazing time creeping through the dark, listening to kiwi and ruru calls. Apparently very few kiwis (people) have ever seen a kiwi (bird) in the wild, so we feel incredibly lucky to have experienced it. Probably one of our best evenings spend in NZ!
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  • Day3

    Visit Janet at Kaihu. Highly recommend!

    June 7 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Little power nap after golf then we off.
    Left Baylys Beach and drive north. Stopped at Kai Iwi Lakes just for a look. No getting out here cause there is kiwi. No doggies allowed. Arrived at Janets, easy to find. Met delightful moko Ava. Thanks for a great night, lovely home cooked dinner, catch up and quiet sleep. We heard the possums and morepork.Read more

  • Day10

    Rawene to Kai Iwi Lake

    October 30, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Rawene via Opononi. Had a nice lookout near Omapere. Headed south to see the Kauris. Wanted to see Tane Mahuta. The biggest Kauri (Matilda: I saw a huge Kastaniebaum 😂😂). Had a little accident. Now at the Kai Iwi Lakes (Sweet water!!) - reminds me of Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island.Read more

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