I have been warned by my TomTom (GPS/route planner) “Warning: your destination is on an unpaved road” it told me.
Leaving the eco-cottages I was staying at in Kerikeri I’d entered the address 476 Puketi Road (Northland, New Zealand) which is about 30 minute drive away: I’m off on a night walk with Adventure Puketi .
When I reach the ‘unpaved’ road I also warned about cows and children!
It seems that sharing the secrets of the forest is a passion for Ian and Barbara Candy and their team of Adventure Puketi guides, one of whom I went out with and her knowledge of the flora and fauna in the environment was shared with enthusiasm. They are Department of Conservation (DOC) approved for guided walking tours of the Puketi Rain Forest.
Don’t ever think the forest is silent just because it’s dark; our walk started in the waning light and finished in the dark.
So what can you see and or hear on this walk? Here’s the list of creatures that I saw: eel, koura, (fresh-water crayfish) owls, glow-worms, weta, and numerous varieties of spiders. Add the ancient kauri, other trees, shrubs and the night sky and the evening is a real treat.
How the walk I did worked was – start off in the light, get introduced to the bush when we could see it, then we turned around and walked the same track in the dark seeing how it differs and the residents change, become visible, or audible.
As always my rental car was from NZ Rent a Car … I had my own TomTom with me.