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Waipoua Forest

on Northland's west coast, between Dargaville and Omapere, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, Outdoors
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Type: Forests, Outdoors
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Traralgon, Australia
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196 reviews 196 reviews
83 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
198 helpful votes 198 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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56 helpful votes 56 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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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I loved the visit to Waipoua Forest to see the ancient and giant Kauri trees. The Forest, and the trees, some of which are more than 2000 years old are amazing.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Make sure you visit Te Matua Ngahere which takes longer to walk to but there are more large kauri trees anbd clusters of trees along the walk which makes it very impressive as well. The rest of the forest is also interesting and there are good walking tracks and board walks for good access. Tāne Mahuta is a must visit... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Waipoua Forest is home to the country's oldest and largest Kauri Trees, which are unique to New Zealand. It's a nice drive out the see the trees and you can make it as relaxed or as workout-ish as you like it to be. Taking State Highway 12 is the right and best way to get there, though Google Maps may... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
33 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We drove north from Auckland, about 3 hours travel time, to take in the Kauri of Waipoua. From the main car park it is only a short walk up the well maintained and marked path into the forest. There is also the option of a longer hike from the Visitors centre, but it was closed during our visit to allow... More 

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Exmoor National Park, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Brillant great part of the trip round north island and clockwise round next stop the Bay of Islands and Russell which is also lovely

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