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The road between Auckland and Gisborne runs east to the Eastern Cape and passes through Tauranga, Whakatane and Te Puke, which it turns out is the global centre of the Kiwifruit business. After about 100kms the road starts to wind through the Waieoka Gorge, one of New Zealand’s largest scenic reserves. Quite soon after you leave Opotiki you are in the wonderful scenery of the Gorge.
The tree ferns are particularly interesting as they are some of the oldest forms of trees on the planet. There is something both exotic and ancient about these ferns. Each part of them, the stem, the canopy of fronds and the koru, the spiral of new growth that starts each frond is interesting and to see them cover the sides of the Gorge is quite incredible. Amazing, and I think they’re wonderful and fascinating.