‘L’azure de la mer est magnifique!’

View over to Motueka Island
View over to Motueka Island

‘L’azure de la mer est magnifique!’

I heard this comment the other day along the walk from Hahei to Cathedral Cove. The Coromandel – and Cathedral Cove in particular – are very popular destinations for Kiwis and foreign visitors alike. We heard French, German, Italian, Japanese and more as we walked, all of us admiring the beautiful blue sea and stunning scenery.

 
View over to Motueka Island

A 600 Year Old Kauri Tree

The Coromandel Peninsular once was a huge forest of Kauri Trees. It must have been an amazing sight. Awesome!

We visited a rare grove of Kauri that has survived the deforestation of the Coromandel; just off the 309 Highway on our trip to Coromandel Town.

The Kauri Tree grows to a great height and they are amongst the most ancient trees in the world; living for thousands of years. The oldest is in the Northland of New Zealand and is called ‘Te Matua Ngahere’ (Father of the Forest). It is 2000 years old!

The British apparently prized the Kauri for ship building, especially for use as masts – because the Kauri grows straight with very few branches for much of its height.

The specimen we are pictured with above is only a mere 600 years old. That’s from around the time of Joan of Arc.