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Waipoua Forest

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Address: on Northland's west coast, between Dargaville and Omapere, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
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A great forest with a massive secret

This is one of New Zealand's most famous Kauri forests, there are very good paths that guide you into and through the forest, some of the trees in here are up to a couple of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jeff R
Rotherham, United Kingdom

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of New Zealand's most famous Kauri forests, there are very good paths that guide you into and through the forest, some of the trees in here are up to a couple of thousand years old. Turning a corner on the path you come to a gian Kauri tree called Tane Mahuta which translates to Lord of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Kauri in Waipoua Forrest are not to be missed- they are massive and ancient (Tane Mahuta 2000years approx and Te Matua Ngahere older than that). Take time to soak in their sheer magnificence and age- I don't know what else that is alive that is as old as these two giants of the Forrest. They are situated with in... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting drive through the forest with several different walks to do. I just did two of the shorter walks which were relatively easy. Decent tracks and boardwalks mean they are wheelchair accessible. Cleaning stations to clean shoes on the way in and out to prevent disease being spread.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This stretch of highway offers a light walk in an awe inspiring forest. The trees here are between 1500-2000 years old and are not huge but GInormous! There is a quick 30 minute walk through the forest area that is well paved and easy to navigate. Our visit was in the rain but the absolute size of these trees is... More 

Thank Lee D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Incredible trees and well kept forest that make you feel in special, mystic, and unique place in the planet.

Thank Max H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you just drive through the forest it is worth a look. The large trees grow right on the roadside so be careful. I highly recommend stopping to see both Tane Mahuta and Te Mahuta Ngahere, the two largest known kauri trees in NZ. They are very short walks from the road and are very very impressive in size.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We visited the Waipoua forest as part of our tour and we were truly humbled as we saw the giant kauri trees in the forest. The most famous of all, Tane Mahuta, is really a sight and takes your breath away. You could sit in front of this gigantic tree and just be struck by it's awe. The forest itself... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I am so glad we changed our travel plans to include the West Coast of Northland. I felt honoured to be in the presence of such beauty.

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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The roads to this place are scenic and there are clean working toilets at the entrance. You can do a short walk or longer walks through the forest and the plants are amazing. The walk is on a boardwalk but probably not suitable for those with some disabilities as some of the walk was on dirt. I found the place... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

The Waipoua forest is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Northland. It is on the rather wild West coast, and offers an impression of what the land north of Auckland was like before the arrival of Maori. Allow plenty of time to walk to the trees. Spend time absorbing their majesty and strength. This is not something for a fleeting... More 

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