The spiritual environment of the Waipoua Forest provides an unforgettable encounter with some of the largest Kauri trees in the world. Meet the mighty Te Matua Ngahere ('The Father of the Forest') estimated to be 3,000 and 4,000 years old. His mighty girth is over 5 metres (15ft) in diameter. 'The Four Sisters' are a graceful collection of kauri trees grown close together in sibling harmony. Finally, there is the great Tane Mahuta ('The Lord of the Forest') who stands an impressive 51 metres (150ft) tall.
GUIDED TOUR OPTIONS - - Footprints Waipoua Forest
Meet Tane - day tour:
Suitable for those with limited time or families with young children, This day tour is designed to make your forest walk both memorable and educational. You'll be met by a local guide at the Tane Mahuta car park in the Waipoua forest for an interactive interpretation of the importance of Tane Mahuta ('The Lord of the Forest'). This tree is important to both the natural environment and the Maori people. Prior arrangement for this option including a meeting time must be made with the Footprints Waipoua office. Tour duration: 40 minutes.
Twilight Encounter - Kauri Tree Guided tour:
Setting out from Hokianga by coach, your Maori guide will brief you on the protocols for a visit to the Waipoua Forest. You'll then walk under the same stars that guided the legendary Kupe to New Zealand. You'll meet trees that were already giants before Kupe's arrival, existing before the birth of Christ. The highlight of the tour will be a meeting with "The Lord of the Forest" - the giant Tane Mahuta!
Bay of Islands to Hokianga Day Tour:
This tour includes the coach tour to Hokianga, a visit to Tane Mahuta the largest known Kauri tree in the world and an opportunity to experience many of the small communities of historical and cultural significance. Lunch options are available. Tour departs at 8.00am and returns to Paihia at 4.00pm.