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Waipoua Forest

Address: on Northland's west coast, between Dargaville and Omapere, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 439 3450
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, Nature & Parks
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Type: Forests, Nature & Parks
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229 reviews 229 reviews
14 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

took a night time tour with a Maori guide. Well organized, learned lots and the forest is beautiful. Easy walking for anyone. Wear waterproof shoes.

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

what a beautiful ngahere/forest!! Green and serene, reminds us of how fortunate we are to have such a gift in the Northland. May it long continue.

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Santa Ynez Valley, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The forest as well as the large Kauri trees make for a beautiful walk. It is even better if you know something about the distinctive nature of the kauri trees to fully appreciate what you are seeing. They are unique.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

since 1952 this place has been a sanctuary for native flora and fauna and contains 2 of the largest living kauri trees, Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere. And the great thing is anyone can see them as very easy path too them and only a short walk to see trees that are between 2,000 to 3,000 years old. Plus... More 

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Clinton, Washington
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319 reviews 319 reviews
164 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A grandfather kauri tree is a sight to behold. This forest contains trees 2,000 to 3,000 years old. The Tane Mahuta tree towers only a block or so from the main highway on a well maintained trail. Its tall neighboring kauri trees dwarf by comparison. You can arrange to plant a rare kauri tree and receive photos to track it... More 

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Traralgon, Australia
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238 reviews 238 reviews
99 attraction reviews
350 helpful votes 350 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The Kauri trees leave you in wonder. They are magnificent. I recommend that if you have a chance to lose yourself in here and experience a moment with these trees that you do so! There is something alluring about standing before something that was there before you... and will be there long after you. It's almost a religious moment as... More 

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Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We did the lookout walk which is about an 1,5 hours and absolutely beautiful you walk through so many different terrains that you will be left in awe after this walk. Really cool much better then just seeing Tane Mahuta

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Los Angeles, California
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104 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Normally I write the skinny, an abbreviated list of info before I plunge into a review but alas for this visit I can not. The Yakas Trail is CLOSED! If your plan is to park at the visitor center and hike up to the trees, you can not. The visitor center has an info desk, small gift shop, toilets, and... More 

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Perth, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The ancient Kauri trees definitely have a wow factor and are definitely worth seeing if you have the time. A couple of things to note: -The trip is around 1.5 hours one way from Keri Keri / Bay of Islands region. -As others have noted, Tane Mahuta (on the main road) is awesome, but Te Matua Ngahere is epic and... More 

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Kontich, Belgium
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97 reviews 97 reviews
47 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

Visiting this part of New Zealand means you're interested int these big trees. From the parking lot there are a number of walks ou can follow. Each of them not taking more than half an hour. The Four Sisters surely impress you, by having four of the "big trees" standing together. Continuing to Te Matua Ngahere - the second largest... More 

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