"Waipoua, Big Tree Country" Waipoua Forest by kenmerk

Waipoua Forest Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 42 photos

Certainly one of the highlights of the North country are the big trees of Waipoua.

Although most of these old growth trees have been long since clear cut for timber and to make way for sheep grazing, Waipoua has the largest track of remaining old growth Kauri trees in NZ.

The two most impressive trees, Te Matua Hgahere (Father of the Forest) and Tane Mahuta (God of the Forest) are easy to reach via short hiking trails off the main road...

But if you visit here, don't just charge up and snap, snap pix of the big trees... Spend some time hiking/picnicing in the area, it certainly makes for a nice peacful day....

  • Last visit to Waipoua Forest: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated May 27, 2003
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2006 at 9:21 AM

    Thx 4 the pics - my grandparents lived just out of the forest at Waimamaku so our memories are full of this place - rather special! and proud to be so lucky!

  • dragontml's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2004 at 1:00 AM

    did not manage to do a picnic here but the sight of the tress was just amazing! ;-)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2003 at 12:21 AM

    Tane Mahuta..the big beautiful one.....thank you Ken for showing these wonderful Trees

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2003 at 6:36 PM

    That looks like an impressive park to explore! I still remember being awed by the Kauri trees I saw just outside Cairns 20 years ago!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2003 at 11:59 PM

    Them's sure big trees!!! They must have Huge Squirrels!!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2003 at 7:31 PM

    You are doing such great NZ pages! Well done!

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2003 at 7:08 PM

    Cool tree, Swiss Family Robinson could have set up condos!

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