I was eager to get into the jungle after the epically long ’90 mile beach’. I’d been pretty excited on the approach up the hill to see how the forest trees and kauri were mixed in with giant ferns and palm trees of all sorts. Proper jungle! I have a bit of a thing about palm trees having grown up in Cornwall. And this didn’t disappoint, stuffed full of cordyline australis, vines, tree ferns and even date palms, paired with exotic sounding bird calls. Woohoo tropical!
A leisurely 5 mile road walk out of town ended abruptly when we entered the Herekino Forest, it felt like we stumbled into Apocalypse Now / Vietnam jungle rather than a ‘forest’. It’s nothing like forest walks back home, in fact it was more like doing an assault course than going for a walk!
Very beautiful though, and really interesting as just about everything growing is totally new and fascinating to me.