Day 9 – Paihia to Auckland

Not an adventure filled day like the last few just more beautiful scenery as we made our way back south to Auckland via the West Coast with our new Magic Bus driver Mangu. First stop was Opononi, known as the place where the Maori first landed on New Zealand and famous because of a friendly dolphin called Opo that used to frequent the Hokianga harbour.

The Hokianga Harbour mouth near Opononi

a big swell rolling in from the Tasman Sea

Then we stopped in another forest to see Tane Mahuta, the largest Kauri tree known to stand today. At over 50 metres tall with a trunk girth of 13.8 metres it is quite something to behold.

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Tane Mahuta meaning Lord of the Forest

me being dwarfed by Tane Mahuta

Then it was on to Auckland where I went to stay with old family friends from Zimbabwe that now live in Auckland. It was so nice to see them again and catch up with all the news from the last 10 years. There was so much to talk about that between all the conversation and dinner I failed to take any photographs except for this quick one from their balcony at dusk while the braai was readied.

looking over the Hauraki Gulf towards Coromandel from Browns Bay

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About Rory Alexander

Ever growing blogger that spent 2 years in living in China, then 6 weeks backpacking around New Zealand and is now back home in South Africa for the foreseeable future.
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3 Responses to Day 9 – Paihia to Auckland

  1. Tim Brennan says:

    just to give you an idea of what I have to look forward too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQXx2JKoHeY I like your adventure better LOL Tim
    ps It was not my idea but I am going to the project superintendent building a new walmart just as this starts? If they had asked I would have said march or april would be a better time to start

  2. Jim Brickett says:

    Wow – your images are fantastic and your travels are a wonderful adventure. I look forward to seeing and reading more.
    Best Regards
    Jim Brickett

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