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Ancient Kauri Trail – byway map

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Through farmland and villages the wild, untamed West Coast, to the peaceful shelter of the kauri forests, prepare to be awed by a journey of dramatic contrasts. 

Follow the road through the Kumara Capital, and feel the sea spray on your skin as you reach the ruggedly beautiful West Coast beaches. Further north, the ancient living forests wrap their deep green embrace around you. These mighty trees have supported lives and livelihoods for centuries. But despite their immense size and strength, these giants are also fragile. Humans have harvested their precious timber and gum over the centuries, and have now come to protect these great guardians of the forest.

Yet still a few living links to our ancient past stand - tall, strong and proud - like the ships and masts carved from their sturdy timber. Ships that weathered wild storms, and carried people safely to far off places.

Follow in the footsteps of the kauri loggers and gumdiggers of days gone by. But tread lightly on your journey, for the time has now come for us to play our part in protecting these majestic icons.


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