For anyone visiting the Bay of Island or further north, Waipoua Forest is an easy 2 hour detour across the top of the North Island or, as we did it, an additional short break on your North Island holiday.
The drive through the forest is, as you would expect, winding, but the scenery is magnificent, with giant trees and thick forest enveloping much of the drive.
But make time to stop, as the true giants are easily accessible via well maintained paths.
There are facilities at the major stops, but places to eat are few and far between, so, bring your own food (though there was a van doing food and coffee at the Tane Mahuta picnic ground and car parking during Summer).
If time is short, Tane Mahuta will easily satisfy - a short 5 minute walk along a raised track takes you through a lovely bit of forest, and right to the base of the tree, where local guides will answer all your questions. And there is a nice picnic ground and reasonable toilets where you park.
By contrast, Four Sisters, though well worth the walk if you have time, is about a 1 hour round trip from a very bare carpark with only very basic toilets and no picnic facilities.More