|The mighty kauri tree|
|Trounson Kauri Park....one of my happy places|
|A spooky looking swamp near the Kai Iwi Lakes...I expected a monster to rise up!|
|Kai Iwi Lakes|
|It was overcast and breezy but beautiful all the same|
|Golden kauri gum with a centipede encased in it|
Day three of my road trip completed so next morning it was time to head back home to Auckland but first I had to complete my plan and visit the Kauri Museum at Matakohe on the way. I had heard this was a great museum and it certainly is, a couple of hours there just flew by. The museum, as its name suggests, is mainly focused on the kauri tree, its milling, its uses and the collection of kauri gum which was a vital ingredient in the preparation of varnish and linoleum in years gone by. There is also a focus on the social history of the area, the lives of the gum diggers and tree fellers and an impressive replica of a saw mill. The museum displays the world's largest collection of kauri gum, a glorious honey coloured amber like substance, and some very fine examples of kauri furniture. You can also wander through a full sized, two storied boarding house built from kauri. I was so pleased I had finally got there, it was well worth the trip.
|The replica saw mill at the Kauri Museum, Matakohe|
The trip back to Auckland was through steady drizzle. The bad weather had waited until my trip was nearly over, lucky me! I had had a marvelous time and was fizzing with excitement about the places I'd been and the things I'd seen. Road trips, with no set schedule, are so much fun, I am already wondering where I can go for my next one. I highly recommend them.