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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
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Guelph, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 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
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4 helpful votes 4 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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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We had a lovely walk through Waipoua Forest. There were a lot of bird songs and it made you think about how most of the upper North Island would have looked like many years ago.

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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We went far out of our way to visit here, and didn't regret it for a second. The Kauri trees are magnificent, and the surrounding forest is fascinating, The closest parallel is perhaps the Giant Sequoias of California, but the Kauri trees are, if possible, even more majestic (though not so tall), and seem to exude a feeling of great... More

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Sydney, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

The Waipoua Kauri Forest is great natural wonder in a remote-ish area and very definitely worth a visit. The Kauri trees have a solid "abiding presence" as well as being woven deeply into Moari culture. We have been to the Redwood Forests on the West coast of the USA, but this is definitely a cut above them in terms of... More

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Guri, South Korea
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180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

C1 ( 2014.01.08 ) There was a very grand forest. I went through Waipoua Forest for going Cape reinga, The road in Waipoua Forest was very winding. I had rest in Waipoua Forest's observatory, this view was very good. I like sightseeing on the high area, and observatory was good to see forest.

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Cromwell, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A trip to Waipoua Forest to see a 2000 year old Kauri tree is definitely worth a visit - beautiful countryside and lovely wee towns like Opononi to see on the way. The walk in to the forest is short with a sturdy path so suitable for all ages - also has a lovely picnic area by the carpark.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

One of a kind place! So much better than Sequoia national park in California! Visit all the trees if you have the time - going along the footpaths is a pleasure in itself.

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Geneva, Switzerland
12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Compares with the Redwood groves of northern California, with the added delight of tree ferns and the odd Hobbit, if you sit quietly and keep your eyes open.

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Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Just spent a fantastic afternoon walking in the the kauri forest admiring the ancient trees. Amazing sights of immense trees and forest. A must if you are in this part of New Zealand - oh and its free

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