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May 7th 2007
Published: May 7th 2007
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Leaving Whitianga, we took another dirt track across the peninsular from Coroglen to Tapu. It was rough in parts and we soon found ourselves in complete wilderness of forested peaks and valleys. We stopped off to see a special Kauri tree which was spared by the loggers because of its strange square trunk shape. We followed the coast south from Tapu looking out over the calm Firth of Thames. We stopped at the town of Thames for refreshment at a lovely café called ‘Food for Thought’. It had a wonderful selection of cakes. I would have liked to try them all. We stopped briefly at a bird reserve at Miranda and drove through low hills stopping only at a one horse town for a coffee arriving at Scott and Michelles about 6pm. They had invited Scott’s cousin and his wife for a meal and we were also invited to join them for a convivial meal.

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Dirt roadside stop

The dirt road became incredibly wild. We saw hardly anyone else. The landscape is steep and forested.
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Free kayaks

The hostel lets backpackers use the kayaks for free

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