One of the gems on this property is a rainforest pocket alongside a deep creek gorge. A puriri tree has fallen and spans the gorge, creating a beautiful natural bridge.

Hoofprints in the mud, June 2012
As we visit the creek gorge to view the puriri bridge, we notice deep hoofprints from the grazing bulls. Waterways should be fenced off from livestock in order to allow the water to remain uncontaminated from erosion and waste.

Puriri bridge, June 2012
A New Zealand native puriri tree has fallen across the creek gorge many years ago, and branches now grow vertically from its horizontal trunk.

David and Delaney share a kiss, June 2012
Delaney demonstrates complete trust in David as she allows him to lift her onto the fallen tree.

David and Delaney on the Puriri bridge, June 2012
Most puriri trees have been cut down for their durable timber, which has been used for fence posts, railway sleepers, shipbuilding and house blocks. Now it's rare to find strong, straight puriri trees still growing in Northland.

David and Delaney on the Puriri bridge, June 2012
The Maori used puriri pulp as a yellow dye. It's the strongest native wood in New Zealand.

We love learning about the natural features of the landscape and forest around us. Discovering a beautiful place like this — on an old sheep farm — inspires us to continue to find beauty in every place we visit.