05.02.2019 - 05.02.2019
An early evening pick up took us back on the road we came in on to the Waipoua Forest. Firstly you have to scrub your shoes and then wash them in disinfectant. This is to stop the spread of disease that is killing some of the trees. We were given information on the various trees in the forest. The guide showed us some of the largest Kauri, pronounced ‘Cody’ trees. And they were huge. We also saw the effects of the disease killing some of these trees.
We saw the largest surviving Kauri tree in the world. Largest as in girth not height. It was absolutely amazing. The guide was a very proud Maori and told some legendary stories on the tour. She also did some Maori singing.
We drove then to another part of the forest to view another of these trees. It was dark by this time and we were provided with torches. The mosquitoes loved us and I’m glad I was covered in insect repellent. Hoodie up. Time for me to get our of here!!