Saturday January 2 - Today we had rain again. We drove south to make our way towards Auckland. At Kohukohu we had to take a short ferry ride to Rawene. We stopped in Opononi at an info site to book a campsite for the night and then drove to the Waipoua Kauri forest, where some of the oldest (1200-2000 years old) and largest remaining Kauri trees live. We walked around there and were amazed by the trees - if only the pictures could do them justice. We stopped at Dargaville, the largest producer of kumara (sweet potatoes) in New Zealand. We had fish and chips at a shop there, where the chips were special for being sweet potato chips (fries) with sour cream. Yum and yum. The holiday park in Matakohe was very quiet, with no obnoxious families to speak of - so unusual and lovely - and had access to the sea through a sheep and algae covered field that I kept slipping in. It was pretty awesome.