Big things and other stuff

I don't want you to get over-excited with these first photos, so try to show some restraint. These are part of the biggest accordion collection in the southern hemisphere! They are in a museum in Dargaville along with some interesting antiques and historical items.

This is a photo of the largest kauri tree in the world. Its Maori name is Tane Mahuta ('Lord of the Forest'). It takes 23 people to make a ring completely around it. Kauri takes so long to grow that it is illegal to cut any trees.

I don't know what these flowers are but, These are called ginger lily--thanks Yamini! they were in full bloom in the northern heat.

This is all that is left of the bank after a fire in the historic town of Kohukohu. They decided to leave the vault where it stood.


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...am pretty sure that's Ginger Lily (Hedychium gardnerianum) and also pretty sure that's considered 'noxious' as it is not native (belongs in the Himalayas)... it IS pretty though! This was clearly a wonderful trip!!! YAM xx

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Sorry, but a sad squeeze-boxer like me could get very excited with all these accordions. Why, I can even see one with a helicon bass!

Noke said...

Schöner Post über Dinge und Sachen interessant das Museum.


Rhonda Albom said...

This is a fantastic collection of photos. I missed the accordion museum, and LOVE your photos. I did get excited about them. Not that I am a fan, but just the idea of them all in one spot. The rest of the photos are fantastic too. Glad you enjoyed Northland.

daisy g said...

What a fabulous collection! That's just the quirky sort of stuff we love.

The bank vault is another quirky find! Love it!

Thanks for stopping by The Maple Hill Hop this week! Hope to see you again.

Alexa T said...

Impressive collection of aspects!! Interesting tree and lovely blooms...
A good day to you!

Rambling Woods said...

Hello Bettyl.. My elementary music teacher used to play one for us to sing along.. Wonderful tree and caterpillar... Michelle