Waipoua Forest, Waipoua Forest

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Cross the largest section of native forest in Northland at Waipoua Forest, a reserve filled with endemic plant life including kauri, rimu, and northern rata. The giant trees named Tane Mahuta, Te Matua Ngahere, and Four Sisters represent the main attractions here, and various walks lead visitors up to their roots. Stand beneath them and look up to behold the power and lasting solidity of the natural world. Also look out for the endangered North Island kokako and brown kiwi. Head to the historical forest lookout tower for an extensive view of the surrounding woodland. Plan to visit Waipoua Forest and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Waipoua Forest attractions using our Waipoua Forest trip planner.
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  • This is certainly an extensive forest with the very largest kauri trees on the planet in its boundaries. The short track to Tane Mahuta, the largest, is definitely worth while as is the longer track.....  more »
  • Gave us a significant impression of the size of the forest and just how much kauri re-growth is going on. Hopefully the die-back preventative measure will succeed.  more »
  • My wife and I went on a walk through the Waipoua Forest to see the Tāne Mahuta (largest and oldest living Kauri tree (2,500+ years old) in New Zealand). The tree is hugh - very tall and broad. Very...  more »
  • Lovely lovely campground. Definitely worth a visit. One of the best campgrounds we found in New Zealand. Very peaceful and so close to nature. Lance the owner is super friendly and just a lovely man. One of the highlights of our time in New Zealand. Thanks Lance happy 2019. We'll be back in the near future!
  • Spiritual and historic place to visit. You can see a largest and an oldest Kauri tree
  • A great NZ heritage and history and their love for trees is presented by local Maori guides. The forest has old kauri trees dating back over 3500 years. A cool place to visit.
  • . (02/2019) This forest is central attraction of Waipoua. Filled with Kauri trees including some biggest and oldest ones, it is bustling with tourists throughout the year. Well protected forest with amenities provided at regular distances to protect visitors as well as the forest and trees. This forest is home to many popular tourist attractions including the biggest Kauri Tree alive, Tane Mahuta. Detailed description and maps are provided over the boards near entrances to the tourist attractions. Well maintained walkways. Beautiful views are presented around the forest. Seating and benches are provided at regular distances for taking rest and enjoying the views. Good place for quick visits or spending quality time. Parking is available around most of the entrances. Public restrooms are available near parking areas.
  • Amazing place very spiritual amazing a must see place

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