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Touring New Zealand's North Island by Campervan

Today was mostly about kauri trees, driving south on SH12 along the Kauri Coast through the Waipoua Forest, the best place in New Zealand to see large untouched stands of the trees. We saw Te Matua Ngahere ("Father of the Forest"), one of the largest remaining kauri, in torrential rain. On the walk to it, I commented about another large tree (a rimu, I think), then turned a corner on the track and was stunned by the sight of Te Matua Ngahere - it has a circumference of over 16 meters (52 feet). In the enlarged photo you can just make out a person at the base of the tree. I all of a sudden developed a bad cold last night, and getting soaked on that walk certainly didn't help (it took over 2 weeks to get rid of it).

This photograph is © 2008-2013 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Kauri Tree - Te Matua Ngahere ('Father of the Forest')
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