It’s actually day 10! I can’t believe that it’s actually been 10 days that we’ve been here. Time has gone by so fast, but I don’t regret a single minute of my time here. We’ve seen so many amazing things during our time here, including today when we saw Tane Mahuta, the tallest Kauri tree.
According to Mauri tradition, Tane Mahuta is the child of Mother Earth, Papatuanuku and Father Sky, Ranginui. He separated his parents to create the air, space, and environment between the earth and the sky and he was given the title “Lord of the Forest”.
Tane Mahuta is the fourth largest tree in the world. There are several different fungus and other tree species that grow on that tree itself! It was so tall I could barely fit it in the pictures I got.
We were surprised when we entered the forest to find that there were actually few Kauri trees in that forest, even though Waipoua forest is famous for its Kauri trees. Apparently these trees are suffering from a fungal infection so when we entered the forest they had us sanitize our shoes on our way in and out.
I’m posting this entry a little late because our next activity of the day takes place and the end of the day- we journeyed to Cape Ringa, the northmost point of the North island to watch the sunset right at the place where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea.
On our way there, we stopped by this place called Manganui fish shop. We heard from a family friend who lives here in New Zealand that you can get excellent fish and chips pretty much anywhere and everywhere, but this place was her recommendation.
The location of the shop was absolutely beautiful, right on the waterfront. I’m not much of a fish person, but those around me who actually like fish LOVED it. My dad reported that he could tell it was fresh and of good quality.
Our last activity of the day was watching the sunset. The drive here was long and hard- we drove over 200 kilometers and between 3 and 4 hours each way! But we caught the most beautiful sunset right above Cape Reinga, and we even saw the meeting place of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea.
According to Mauri tradition, this is the last place where the soul comes before it passes, and so the park asks that no one eats or drinks here and is respectful of the space. If we’d had more time, I’d have loved to go to this light house that’s sitting right in front of the water.