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Waipoua Forest

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Address: on Northland's west coast, between Dargaville and Omapere, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 439 3450
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Lovely drive through the forest and stopped at the Lookout, Visitor Centre and Tane Mahuta on our drive northward. The lookout was not what we expected. A rough, rutted gravel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Morrinsville, New Zealand
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Morrinsville, New Zealand
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely drive through the forest and stopped at the Lookout, Visitor Centre and Tane Mahuta on our drive northward. The lookout was not what we expected. A rough, rutted gravel road to get there and not for all vehicles. Tower building at the top only for those who can walk the steep stairs. View over the forest turned out strangely... More 

Thank aidsnang
Auckland, New Zealand
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460 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have traveled a great deal in New Zealand and seen several attractions claiming to have many Kauri. They all pale in comparison to Waipoua. The drive through the forest takes almost an hour. Around every bend there are kauri, I lost count as there were so many. The forest itself has a great fell to it. There are several... More 

Thank applejuice12
Whidbey Island, WA
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82 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I did the 20 minute walk or so through the forest from the car park to The Four Sisters, and nearby LARGE trees. My husband resisted the idea of continuing our walk to Te Matua Ngahere (The Father of the Forest). He told me later that he honestly did not think there was any way there could... More 

Thank NahanniRafter
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you love old native trees, walk through an old farrytale like forest, you will love it. Especially the very old kauri trees (around 2000 - 3000 years) are breathtaking. And you must have a look at the "four sisters". And the image what these trees could tell you, what they witnessed ...

Thank Benjamin S
Hereford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can do lots of different walks through this forest to see its Kauri trees. Tane Mahuta was the most impressive tree aged around 2,000 years old . Its girth and height were amazing . The forest is calm and peaceful and well worth a visit . car- parking is available.

Thank susanfordjones
Brussels, Belgium
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109 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the one hour walk to the lookout (starting at the visitor centre) and it was a nice walk with a few kauri trees along the way. Good shoes are advisable! From the lookout there was a splendid view over the area. We also visited the other kauri tree points. The trees are beautiful and big, but for me,... More 

Thank Elisebize
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78 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

One must see the trees if you're in the neighbourhood! The tallest and largest trees of new-Zealand are here. It's a fun walk to see them all.

Thank erdeebee
The Netherlands
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36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Even if you are not much of a nature lover, these trees are worth going to visit. It is hard to wrap your mind around how old they are and what has happened in the world since they wer "born". Indeed a humbling experience. We drove to the visitor center (very narrow unpaved road, just keep going, you'll get there)... More 

Thank Alexandra B
Vancouver, Canada
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90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

A definite must to visit this forest. We stopped at the Waipoua forest visitor centre and were given directions to where the giant kauri trees could be seen. If you're travelling south on highway 12 there are well signposted pull-offs to indicate where the short trails are located. We were driving north on the highway so arrived at the visitor... More 

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Letham Grange
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Unless you have visited the redwood forests of California, e.g. as in Yosemite National Park, you have never seen trees like this before. The scale of these, some of them thousands of years old, is simply breath taking, and humbling.

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