1/27/2010

ancient kauri kingdom (holiday part6)

Kauri trees are native to NZ and grow at an incredibly slow rate.  That's why they  are now protected from harvesting. We visited Ancient Kauri Kingdom in Awanui where they carve kauri that has been pulled from the nearby swamps.
They are, of course, one-of-a-kind pieces that are truly beautiful.



Here is the bottom entrance of a staircase carved from a kauri trunk. The chair in the photo above is behind the staircase.

This shot of the top entrance gives you an idea of it's size.

6 comments:

Deb said...

great photos...

Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

I love that staircase!
Amazing.

chitra said...

The chair is fantastic, the tree and inside looks as if it ids from a fairy tale

Juli Ryan said...

I love the staircase too. I must get up there and check it out!

hummer said...

Thank you for sharing. It is so beautiful and the workmanship is breathtaking. The trees must be huge. Maybe sometime you can share a picture of a living tree.
Thanks again.

bettyl said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comments! I feel privileged to be able to share my 'new' (3 1/2 years) world!

Hummer, in my Whangarei post

http://bettysnzblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/whangarei-holiday-part3.html

there is a glimpse of one.