Anyway, it was a pretty good gravel road, well maintained, and about 10km up we stopped at a sign for the Kauri Grove, a 10 minute walk. The rain had almost stopped completely, so we walked down the track for 5-10 minutes to a viewing platform on the side of a creek gully. Across from us was a virgin forest slope with a variety of trees, including several rimu and eight handsome kauri trees.
|Rimu and kauri trees, Waiau valley|
|Waterfall on the Waiau River|
We returned to the town for dinner at The Pepper Tree, a good decision. It's a little more up market than the pubs and cafes in town, but the ambience, food, and service were all excellent, and on a quiet Monday night we had a choice of places to sit. Heather had whitebait fritters (don't know why you'd come up here then order that, but there you are) and I had oven baked snapper on potatoes in a chili-cream sauce. We shared a dessert, had coffee, and waddled out to the car.
Photos are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregor_ronald/ - check out the recent sets.