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“Two thousand year old tree”
Review of Waipoua Forest

Waipoua Forest
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3.5-Hour Waipoua Forest Daylight Walk from Omapere
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

If you are ever in the North island of New Zealand up near the Bay of Islands take a trip across the country and through the Kauri forest.
You will find an 18 km long winding road with no straight stretches at all and about half way through you will come across a parking for about a dozen cars.
Get out and go and visit a tree that is over two thousand years old.
It is guarded you have to clean your foot ware and have them sprayed (it’s done by machine while you are still wearing them) walk along the wooden walkway and be prepared to be amazed.The trunk is 17.7 meters high the girth is 13.8 meters around it is humbling.
This tree is one of the oldest living things on the planet.

1  Thank Sean_westlake
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Picked up at our hotel for what turned put to be one of the highlights of our N Z tour. Merepaea and Brian were the most knowledgeable and caring guides. We were given a Maori prayer to keep us safe on our journey to the forest and for our stay in N Z by Brian. Then the tour really began. We drove to the forest, had to clean our boots before we entered the forest. This was to help prevent disease spreading, which harms the trees. Boots are also cleaned on exit. This is easily done at the cleaning stations.

During the walk we were given lots of interesting and relevant information about the forest and the trees, especially the kauri, a very slow growing tree. It felt like we were being introduced to them and every time we met another, Brian sang another waita or sacred chant. We met the four sisters, four seeds that germinated and grew together. The chants had an ethereal tone, even more so when Merepaea harmonised with Brian. We came up to a 3,000 year old tree and for some reason it was a very emotional moment. The last kauri tree we met was the giant Tane Mahuta, the father of the forest, only 2,000 years old, but bigger than the older tree.
This trip showed me how much respect the Moari have for their forests and how deeply spiritual this is. It was incredible to be dwarfed by these magnificent trees.

A visit to the forest by yourself would be free, but having guides made it so special.
The walk is a very easy one, suitable for anyone. Would recommend decent shoes, but the trails are well kept and on level ground.

1  Thank MarianneKamau
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Very hesitant to write this, since it may well sound as though I am belittling a national treasure. And perhaps I am.

Every nation should acknowledge its oldest tree as a treasure.

But these are not redwoods. Nor sequoias. They may not match even the pines of northern MN and WI. In size nor in age.

So, if you want to share in the celebration of NZ heritage, by all means. And, enjoy the roads getting there.

But if you are a tourist looking for the unique and special attributes of NZ, diverting from more efficient routes to your next destination is, in my opinion, just not worth it.

1  Thank wijram
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

This is worth the drive. The roads are windy and fun to navigate, even in a big motor home!
Definitely stop and check out the ancient Kauri trees, they are a site to behold. There are two places to stop, each one has a car park although it can get busy at Tane Mahuta.
No prams are allowed, but the track is easy to walk if carrying children.

2  Thank Philip H
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

The highlights of the forest are the walks to see the giant kauri trees such as Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere. The trees really are quite stunning and there is a lot of care taken to ensure that future generations will get to see them. All of the walks we did were fairly easy and the paths well-maintained with stations to clean and spray your shoes set up at the entrances and exits. The drive through the forest is also pleasant and it was fun to point out the smaller kauri trees that we spotted from the road.

Thank Ash P
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