This area of New Zealand is famous for its giant Kauri Trees. All along the road from Auckland we see thse kauri trees and other trees interspersed with the enormous punga ferns. I am fascinated by the pattern they create on the landscape.
Kauri is an ancient tree which belongs to the pine family. Preserved trees have been found in New Zealand which are belived to be up to 30,000 years old.
A lonely lighthouse and a gnarled, twisted pohutukawa tree on a windswept cliff top on the northern tip of New Zealand have a special place in the Kiwi psyche.
That all. lot of driving to do worth a visit,