We set off from Pauline's in the area of the Tangihua Forest and made our way across to Dargaville on the West Coast. See Pauline's posting. It's 'big' country with rolling hills from the Uppity Downity Mountains East of Pauline to the West coast. There is severe drought in the area and the panoramic landscape shots tell the tale. The botton of the two panoramas shows Tokatoka just south of Dargaville as a tiny pimple. In fact it's quite a sizeable volcanic plug.
The Uppity Downity Mountains in the far distance taken from near the West Coast. The Uppity Downities are in The Tangihua Forest (Their correct name is the Tangihua Range but we never call them that). As you can see from the map (this is taken from just South of Dargaville) New Zealand is not a very wide country at this point.