Friday, March 13, 2009. New Zealand

The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes (Marcel Proust)

We left early this morning to head to the Kauri Museum located at IMGP2209 Matakohe.  It’s approximately 1 hour from Whangarei by travelling on the State Highway No. 1. This huge museum provides a stimulating insight into the Kauri tree.  It also shows how the settlers harvested both the tree and gum from these giant trees.

In one exhibit we saw a massive Kauri slab 22.5 metres in length.  There’s another exhibit "Steam Sawmill" which showcases a real mill IMGP2273 IMGP8093 and shows how these logs were sawn into timber.  Of particular showing is a huge room where they show how the gum from these magnificent beasts was crafted – a lot of the gum was used to make New Zealand jewellery, not unlike our amber jewellery.  IMGP2340 The museum is made up of 12 buildings, each building is just magnificent and so well kept by volunteers from the area. 




IMGP8111The Pioneer Church was built in 1867 and the attached cemetery shows graves dating back to late 1800. We looked for Scully’s and Visser’s but didn’t find any.

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