Today we headed to our next destination, but not without a detour to the Waipoua Forest to see the largest kauri trees in the world. These trees are only found on the North island and are among the most ancient trees on the planet. We hiked in to see this one, the second largest – Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest) – with a girth of 1,641 meters and almost 30 meters in height.
After the forest, we drove like mad to make our 5pm ferry over to Waiheke Island where we will spend our next few days. (We made it with three minutes to spare!) After checking into our third Airbnb location, we walked over to dinner at Vino Vino and passed these unique flowers on our way. The view of the ocean from our table was perfect and the meal was delicious – I had pumpkin soup and tempura prawns with a glass of bubbly made on the island. After dinner, we met our hosts and had a few beers with them in their garage. It was a great welcome to the island and we look forward to the adventures that await us tomorrow!

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