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Surprise surprise, our grey water tank is not draining again this morning. Our usual drainage of the tank isn’t helping either and we can’t find draino anywhere! Who would have thought it was so difficult to find Draino in a variety of stores. After the fourth store, we gave up and got going. The roads are super windy in typical NZ fashion and a maze of construction everywhere. The construction workers showed their intense interest in their jobs as the sign guys did their duty by picking up scoopfuls of dirt with the stop signs.

We caught the ferry over to Rawene, which was a quaint little fishing village. We also passed thru a town where there was a fisherman tipped upside down on top of a grocery store. We stopped in the Giant Kauri forest where we marveled at the massive ‘King of the Forest’ – a massive kauri tree which is thought to be the oldest tree in NZ coming in at a whopping 1000+ years old. The road thru the Kauri forest was fascinating as well considering the road has been built around the kauri trees. One such example of this is the stretch of roadway that is reduced to one lane because the road cuts right thru two towering kauri trees.
We decided to make it an early day and stopped for the night at a DOC site, which has hot showers? This is not a trick of the mind; the site really does have powered sites and hot showers, albeit they are a little bit prison like. Our fellow campers don’t quite seem prepared for the elements, as there are three guys who are perma-camping in their car. We watched them for a bit and they just sat in their car and didn’t move too terribly much from that spot.

Off to bed and listening to the kiwis calling to each other, they are really quite loud for such little birds!!

Posted by tc2009 14:59 Archived in New Zealand

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