Inlet Road,Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, , North Island, New Zealand
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The Kauri experience
"Allow two hours to see the museum." The words resonated in my ears; surely an hour would cover a museum about a tree.
How wrong was I. We walked in at 3.00pm and, when closing time arrived, we were nearly being ushered out the door and we still wanted to see more.
Having visited many a museum in my time I have to say this is one of the finest I have seen and is a credit to those whose vision brought it all together.
Matakohe is an isolated village in the middle of nowhere yet, so good is this establishment, there's a constant flow of visitors. If there's one thing I remember clearly amongst many stand outs it was the dummies (pics 1,4,5,). They are made by Owen Yeoman from Napier and are so life like at times you have to double take to make sure they're not real.
At $15 per person it represents value for money and you will not only see every aspect of the tree but there's also stuff about the Boer War, trains and other totally unexpected items.
One of the features is the gum room. The resin from the sap leaking from a wounded tree was prized and a whole industry grew up around it so this part of the kauri has a room all its own and then some.
It was used for the finest varnish, paint and linoleum floor covering mainly, though also as marine glue, dressing for calico, sealing wax and candles, fire kindlers, cigar holders and pipes, wax matches, mouldings and butanol testing of oil products.
There were even sculptures (pic 2) and animals stuck in the gum (pic 3).
It is extraordinary to comtemplate people digging around in mud trying to unearth ancient trees and resin from the sodden earth, even more extraordinary that they could make a living out of doing such a thing.
very interesting...not sure if Peter the host was surprised by a huge bunch of Asian guests at his lodge!!! We were totally surprised though by his rendition of Tom Yam soup - it was simply deeelicious...and it came with a springy n tasty seafood dumplungs!!!! yum to the last drop
and look at even the presentation - came with a kaffir lime leave
what about some skin care
Living Nature - I bot some nice stuff from here, one eye gel - which you only needed tiny dot for both eyes and the lips at night. I also bought some antiseptic gel made of the much acclaimed manuka honey. LIVING NATURE
Skin and body care made of New Zealand.
Open daily, Summer 9am - 6pm, Winter 9am - 5pm
State Highway 10
I went to Vienna in yer 2003, and saw the famous Hundertwasser onion domed houses. And also there is the Opera Toilets as well. Coming to New Zealand to Bay of Islands, you MUST really come to see this famous Austrian architect work...yes - another toilet.
Hundertwasser spent the last 20 years of his life living in the north of New Zealand in a small town called Kawakawa in the Bay of Islands.
This is a public toilet...free to use...unlike in Vienna.
Our first stop is Russell, then in and out of the islands and bays, out into the open sea and on towards "the hole". I am disappointed not to see dolphins, especially as the skipper said he'd not only seen dolphins this mroning, but a whale too. All we see is a measly little sunfish and a few birds!
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State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, Dargaville, 0376, New Zealand