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Auckland Harbour Bridge with the flags at half mast for Remembrance Day 2014. The bridge was opened in 1959 and ten years later prefabricated sections were bolted on to the sides of the bridge to create four more lanes - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

A barrier transfer machine is used to vary the position of the central [reservation] barrier (left) to cater for the denser traffic - into Auckland in the morning and out of Auckland in the evening rush hours. "Barrier Transfer Machine on the Auckland Harbour Bridge" by Alan Levine (right) shows an earlier barrier transfer machine which has now been replaced. PHOTOs - left, Malcolm McCrow;  right, Alan Levine

Northern Gateway Toll Road north of Auckland (left); Johnstone's Hill Tunnels which opened in 2009 (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

The Kauri Museum at Matakohe is housed in a modern building, but the old Post and Telegraph Office has been preserved next to it - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Museum houses a full size steam driven sawmill and mock-up boarding house - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
This Kauri stump was in a swamp for 1590 years 100 km south of Auckland - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
For 18 km the road winds through the Waipoua Forest in which a boardwalk leads to a 1,500 year old tree known at Tane Mahuta - god of the forest - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Tane Mahuta is over 50 metres (168 ft) high and has a girth of some 24 metres (46 ft). Unfortunately by the very nature of the forest a photograph does not capture the enormity of the tree - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Refreshments stall and a small clearing to relax in across the road from the path leading to Tane Mahuta - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Kauri tree is only found in the Northern District of North Island - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Typical single lane bridge leading to Waitangi Treaty Grounds where three flags are flown on the Flagstaff - the New Zealand flag and, on the yards, the flags of the United Tribes of New Zealand and of the United Kingdom - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Treaty House (left) where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. The Meeting House was opened in 1940, one hundred years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi which marked the founding of New Zealand - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The Maori War Canoe (left) which is launched each year on 6th February - Waitangi Day.  Paragliding in the Bay of Islands off Paihia (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
The trip out to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock takes about four hours - and the sea can get rough even if it was calm when leaving Paihia!  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Sailing trip in the Bay of Islands aboard the schooner R TUCKER THOMPSON which was built in Mangawhai, New Zealand and launched in 1985 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
A brief stop at one of the uninhabited islands where a pair of oyster catchers were looking after their well-camouflaged chick - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Unfortunately the only leaping dolphins were at the entrance to Paihia Jetty, but the bin lorry is quite unlike anything in the UK - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Cab of the one man operated Hino 500 refuse truck - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

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