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Apr 14, 2011 - Opononi

After aa leisurely drive from Paihia we stopped here for lunch, Pretty little town on a bay that opens out onto the Tasman Sea. Lots of history here but we will continue on to Dargaville after the drive through the Waipoua Forest. This is where the largest Kauri tree is still standing. After a short walk on a wooden walkway you turn a corner and their is the most amazing site you can even imagine It was absolutely breathtaking, you would never imagine a tree this big. As we stood there we noticed that everyone was speechless when they first...

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Apr 9, 2008 - Heading South to Opononi.

Up early to yet more blue sky and sunshine. Going to spend some time just lazing on a beach today. Went to Karikari Peninsular. Found Karikari beach, but not safe to leave car, similar to Ninety Mile beach, very long, straight and sandy. Met a local who said Maitai Bay would be better, and if we had been here yesterday, would have been able to swim with 15 dolphins who came into the bay. Never mind. Went to other side of peninsular to bay - spent ages just chilling. Amazing place, and quite busy for a beach out here as more than 2 other...

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Aug 6, 2007 - Koutu boulders

On the way to the Opononi campsite we called in to see the Koutu boulders on the edge of Hokianger harbour. The boulders are perfectly spherical and very odd. Any budding geologist out there? How are they formed? Clues We plodded through very sticky clay that stuck to our boots They were sedimentary They seemed to be in layers as some had a layer broken off showing fossils. Nobody is sure how they have been formed. There are similar boulders on the south island east coast too. My only idea is that they have formed by rolling in the clay...

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