The next morning Cally, Karen and I set off towards Auckland. On the way we wanted to stop at a life-size labyrinth. To get there, we needed to cross the harbour by ferry, which we missed by just two minutes. So we had the opportunity to enjoy the scenery for another forty minutes.
Once we finally crossed the harbour, we found the Labyrinth. It was a life-size labyrinth with thirteen letters inside which we needed to find and decipher what they spelled. We found the letters, but couldn’t figure out what the message. The message turned out to be “Elves neat path.” I don’t think that makes a lot of sense. I wonder if anyone ever gets that. Anyways, we still received lollipops as a consolation prize.
We then drove onward and stopped to see the big Kauri tree, which was only a few minutes walk from the road. It was named Tane Mahuta, or “Lord of the Forest.” This gigantic tree is believed to be over 2000 years old, making it the oldest living Kauri tree in New Zealand. It is also 13.8 meters wide and 51.5 meters tall.
After visiting the majestic “Lord of the Forest,” we continued driving south and dropped our new friend Karen off at Dargaville, where she hoped to get a bus to her next destination. Callly and I then went to Auckland to spend time with her family.