Touring New Zealand's North Island by Campervan
Both going to and returning from the cape, we stopped at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom facility (as well
as being interesting, it's a handy toilet stop). This company extracts kauri trees that were buried in swamps up to 50,000 years ago and processes the preserved wood into
everything from bowls and wine stoppers to furniture of all types. This kauri staircase gives you an idea of what can be done - with a couch priced at $45,000, the staircase
would certainly be worth several hundred thousand.