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Waipoua Forest

6685-6729 State Hwy Waipoua Kauri Forest, Northland 0376 New Zealand

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“A five minute walk from the roadside will bring you to the foot of Tane Mahuta, probably the largest tree you'll ever lay eyes upon.”

Of all New Zealand’s kauri forests, none is more famous than Waipoua Forest on the west coast, just north of Dargaville. As the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds. The highway through the forest is memorable for the natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road's edge.

This forest is the home of Tane Mahuta, the country's largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing. Nearly 18 metres to the first branch and 4.4 metres in diameter, Tane Mahuta is rightly called 'The Lord of the Forest'. Another significant tree in Waipoua Forest is Te Matua Ngahere – 'Father of the Forest' – which is estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old.

For a truly unique experience, explore the kauri forest on a twilight tour with Footprints Waipoua. Your local Maori guide will take you on a journey to visit Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere. He'll teach you about the native flora and fauna, tell you spellbinding Maori legends of the forest, and sing enchanting Maori songs which convey the people's spiritual connection to nature.

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Waipoua Forest

6685-6729 State Hwy Waipoua Kauri Forest
Northland
0376 New Zealand

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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