After the Hokianga we headed down through the Waipoua Forest and went in to see Tane Mahuta, the huge kauri tree. There are actually workers at the base who were working on the boardwalk. I had hoped to get them in the photo to show the size of this massive tree but they must be behind the bushes.
Walking back along the track we noticed this tree propped up with a large pole.
We then called into the Information Centre and I noticed this grove of cabbage trees (know as palm trees in Devon and Cornwall).
Then we drove to Kai Iwi Lakes. I find it hard to believe that I have never been there before. Below is the largest lake and it was just wonderful and would be ideal for young children. We were the only people there apart from the caretaker although come summer it will be packed.
We also visited another of the Kai Iwi lakes.
Then it was time to head home via Dargaville. I felt really refreshed after this trip but had not been home for long when I got a call from the Rest Home to say Max had been in a lot of pain and they finally worked out it was his elbow. He saw the doctor and had an xray which came up negative and they had given him Morphine. This didn't help my stress levels. Still when I visited the next day he was just on paracetamol. He now seems a lot better thank goodness.