|Regrettably today it was time to leave the subtropical climes of The Northland, along with its one way bridges, ferry crossings, wild turkeys, big fishing boats and quaint little towns. We knew it would be a huge day and it was. After brekky in a Dargaville cafe we looked online for accommodation somewhere near Auckland but came up short so just set off to see how far we could get towards Rotarua. First we drove to Matakohe to visit the Kauri Museum and spent a couple of hours there. Could have stayed longer. Then we took the scenic route to Auckland and finally got to the south side of the city. No decent accommodation on offer till we got to Hamilton. 5 hours driving and 40 or so squashed possums later (not us, other people). Went out for pizza for tea. Hot springs tomorrow. Already feeling much cooler here. Wore long pants tonight for first time since we got here.