This car would be our home for the next two weeks in our road through New Zealand's northern island. Our first destination: the Coromandel Peninsula.
It was a bit like camping, except instead sleeping inside a tent we slept inside the car!
The kauris are one of the largest trees in volume making them an impressive sight. Standing next to one makes you feel small and makes you think about how nature's role is something much bigger and complex than all our human problems. Its size creates a special habitat for other plant and animals species. These trees usually grow slowly on steep slopes where faster growing plants can't survive. They can live up to 4000 years!
The oldest in the Waiau Kauri Grove in Coromandel Peninsula is 600 years old and it is more than 20 meters high and its trunk has a perimeter of 6 meters!
Upon the sight of a kauri you just want to hug this huge giant!
Something on his behavior looked awfully wrong. It was clearly swimming right where the waves break, struggling and being beaten up by the waves. Eventually it got closer and we decided to help him, but right when I was putting my hands on it, it bite me with its beak and it slipped right from my fingers. It swam a bit further again away from our reach. As it got darker we began to accept that we couldn't help the little fellow. Even if we could reach it, we were not sure what to do with it or where to take him.
We left the penguin alone, feeling worried and frustrated but confident that mother nature would help him.
We decided to check the beach the next morning before leaving. Sadly we found it lying facedown against the sand some meters away from the sea...
Don't how long did it survived before the waves and tides won and left it ashore...
We found out it was a blue penguin, a very small species of penguins which we guess got lost and swam too far onto warm waters. Perhaps too warm for him as we don't think there are usually penguins on these parts of the island, at least during Summer.