Billed as "A Real New Zealand Town", Maungaturoto was first settled by pioneers from the Albertland Settlement Scheme back in 1863, the Māori name meaning "Valley Between Two Hills". See: http://www.realtownmaungaturoto.co.nz/
- Waipoua Forest
An ancient rainforest, the Waipoua reserve comprises 247 hectares (greater than the size of more than 600 football pitches), with more than 300 species of trees, shrubs and ferns.
- Te Matua Ngahere
Meaning "Father of the Forest" in Māori, it is thought to be the oldest living kauri tree. Enjoy the Māori waiata, captured by fellow geocachers Early Rizers whilst doing the FaberOptimé Te Matua Ngahere geocache (for more info, see here).
- Tane Mahuta
Meaning "God of the Forest" in Māori, it is the largest living Kauri tree, estimated to be over 2000 years old. It stands about 52 metres tall, with a girth of 13.8 metres.
"Gateway to the Hokianga" (a long, estuarine drowned valley).
- The Hundertwasser Public Toilets
Designed by internationally-renowned artist, ecologist and architect, Freidrich Hundertwasser, he recycled the communitys old glass bottles and reclaimed bricks, and incorporated these into the only structure he ever built in the Southern Hemisphere.
Grass adorns the roof, a tree is incorporated into the structure and mosaic tiling, copper handwork, sculptures and cobblestone flooring abound.
A small Northland town with some interesting corrugated iron!
- Other art, sculpture and pink sheep?!
Posted 6:17 PM, Thursday, 19 March 2009, by Faber Optimé. Post permanently located here. Click here to email the author about this post.