We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Waipoua Forest

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: on Northland's west coast, between Dargaville and Omapere, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 439 3450

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 85 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Amazing

This is one of the best experiences of New Zealand after a week of touring. So many places are tourist traps [even making overseas tourists pay more] but here you are in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
Pippa65
,
UK
Add Photo Write a Review

85 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
UK
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
101 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best experiences of New Zealand after a week of touring. So many places are tourist traps [even making overseas tourists pay more] but here you are in the forest, at one with nature. The different trees make you feel you are in the Tropics and the tree ferns leaning over the road are such beautiful... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kelowna, British Columbia
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
37 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We visited the forest on a cloudy, rainy day but were very impressed with the huge Kauri trees. The boardwalks and trails are well maintained. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edmonton, Canada
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
63 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A great day drive through lush forest on the West Coast of the North Island. There are many well marked stops and short walks along the way for the notable Kauri trees and a forest lookout at the highest elevation.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Have been several times before but never fails to make you think and say 'Wow'!. Like the upgraded and extended boardwalk

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, New Zealand
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Since I was a little girl I have always wanted to visit Tane Mahuta and he did not disappoint! You feel a real sense of humility standing amongst these trees. Particularly Te Matua Ngahere. Just absolutely stunning. Can't help but think how beautiful it would look if we hadn't chopped them all down...

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great place to walk and see all the kauri trees. Easy grade perfect for all ages. Take your time and step out of the rat race. Maoi guides do leader led walks

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
Top Contributor
497 reviews 497 reviews
256 attraction reviews
298 helpful votes 298 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This area is one of the few remaining stands of ancient Kauri forest. These massive trees are [almost] comparable to the USA's Coastal Redwoods in terms of their size and stature. The area features a number of walks to various points that showcase some of the larger Kauri trees. Walking tracks include "Four Sisters" (0.7 km return), "Te Matua Ngahere"... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
34 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We stopped on our drive from Dargaville to Paihia to visit the giant Kauri in Waipoua Forest and sat in awe of these jawdropping old father's of the forest. Te Matua Ngahere the 'Father of the Forest' can be spotted through the trees at a curve in the boardwalk, and you think you are looking at a rocky cliff -... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto
Top Contributor
258 reviews 258 reviews
20 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wanganui, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Waipoua Forest also viewed

Waipoua Forest, Northland Region
 
Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
 

Been to Waipoua Forest? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Waipoua Forest staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?