Footprints Waipoua

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For an unforgettable encounter with the largest kauri trees in the world and an insight into the history and culture of the Northland region, you must visit the special and impressive Waipoua forest.

Footprints, Waipoua's knowledgeable local guides, will take you through nature's stages of evolution, providing an interactive interpretation of forest life.

The forest is home to Te Matua Ngahere, 'The Father of the Forest', estimated to be 3000-4000 years old, 'The Four Sisters', a cluster of kauri trees that have grown close together and in harmony, and Tane Mahuta, 'The Lord of the Forest', standing at a lofty 51m tall.

The forest is a spiritual environment for the local Maoris with the kauri said to be their 'ancestors' and inter-twined with local lives. Your guide will explain how vital they are to the eco-system of the forest and how the nature of this unique forest is finely balanced.

Tours are available both during the day and in the evening so you can experience the forest in daylight or in the dark, or both!

Footprints are dedicated to helping preserve the area they love, with schemes such as tree planting for guests and a 'sister' tree relationship for Tane Mahuta with Jomon Sugi in Yakushima, Japan.

Evening walking tour past Tane Mahuta

Evening walking tour past Tane Mahuta

Local guides connect you to the forest

Local guides connect you to the forest

Tane Mahuta, 'The Lord of the Forest'

Tane Mahuta, 'The Lord of the Forest'

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