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January 15th 2013
Published: January 15th 2013
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Continuing my journey up the east coast of South Island. Left Helensville this morning , a small town north of Auckland not really anything of great interest there, it was just a convenient place to stay for the night. The road north was almost empty and some really straight stretches very difficult staying within the speed limit, oooops. Saw a car that looked like Knight Rider with a number plate HASHOFF!! Wrong country though!! Who knows. Stopped off at Wellsford and met the cutest puppy with a couple in the car park. They had been abandoned and the couple were taking them for re housing, there were thee little puppies and nine kittens. One of the puppies looked all bewildered so I gave her a big cuddle and she just sat there all cosy. Following on I stopped at the Kauri Museum, which is a tree native to New Zealand, it's on a scale with the redwoods in USA, but has the amazing ability not to become fossilised. They found a piece of this wood in a piece of rock and scientist carbon dated it as being thirty million years old but it still remained as wood, they even got someone
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Just sooo cute
to carve piece a piece of it. Amazing ehh!! The other thing is it produces gum which is left for millions of years becomes amber. They had some exhibits of gum with insects preserved in like you see in amber sometimes. Arrived at Bailys beach my stop for tonight where you can drive on the beach for three hours either side of low water. The beach is around 112km long big beach no peopleLALA

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