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Waipoua Forest

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  • Largest kauri tree
  • 2000 year old tree
  • Scenic forest walk
  • Self-guided and guided tours available
  • Flourishing flora and fauna
  • Popular natural attraction
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What you need to know

Home to New Zealand's largest kauri tree; Tane Mahuta, Waipoua Forest provides great exploration opportunities for lovers of the outdoors. The tree is believed to be more than 2,000 years old and is still growing today with a diameter of 4.4 metres and stretching up nearly 18 metres to the first branch. Aptly named 'The Lord of the Forest' the Tane Mahuta is a major drawing card for visitors to the forest and is reached via just a short walk. The forest is filled with ancient, towering trees and is home to a collection of rare bird species, making it the perfect outdoor journey.

The forest can be explored on your own during the day - just be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes - or at night with the help of an experienced guide on an organised tour. Under the guidance of a local Maori guide you can learn all about the region and the forest as well as the flora and fauna that has been growing here for many years.

Walking Trails

  • Four Sisters Walk: 10 mins
  • Lookout Track: 1 hr
  • Rickers Walk: 20 mins
  • Tane Mahuta Walk: 10 mins
  • Te Matua Ngahere Walk: 40 mins
  • Toatoa Walk: 20 mins
  • Yakas Walk: 1 hr 20 mins
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