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The tallest known tree in New Zealand is an Australian mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans), recently measured at 80.5 metres. It is one of a stand of tall trees of this species Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Waitati just north of Dunedin.
It’s entry by koha (donation) here, but this small district museum is typical of the small town Kiwi museum, packed full of early photos of the region and relics of the pioneer days.
Phone: view phone+64-6-752 9072
Raining? No problem. Head to Tauranga’s gallery and enjoy a browse around. This is a great little regional gallery, with contemporary and modern art from the region’s talented artists.
Te Aroha Domain & Mokena Geyser – The historic village of Te Aroha is a spa town from way back, and the local domain has hot and cold soda springs and a great geyser too, that sends up a spout of hot soda water.
There are a number of small freshwater dune lakes on the coast near Wellsford with Tomarata Lake having a well formed walking track along the seaward side.
New Zealand’s national museum is FREE, and not to be missed! You’ll need a morning or even a day to explore the state-of-the-art displays that tell the stories of Aotearoa’s nature, people, history and heritage.
Head on down and sample some of the tasty treats including organic breads, delicious pastries, smoked meat and cheeses, flowers, plants and fresh fruit and vegies.