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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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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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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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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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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Seattle
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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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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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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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