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Footprints Waipoua

29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
+64 (0) 9 405 8207
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Brenchley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

It was magical, still have goose bumps when talking about it and would say it is a must if you have the oppourtuniy

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

What a wonderful way to explore the Waipoua Forest and the Kauri trees. The guides were great and we learned such a lot from them about local tradition. This experience is a must!

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The twilight excursion into the forest was extremely moving. The two Maori ladies who led the group were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They paid great respect to the plants, the birds and the magnificent trees. The "Father of the forest" is the oldest known kauri tree (3000-4000 years old) in the world and an awesome sight, not to be missed.

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5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

We were with Mere and Nataleah this evening and they took us on an amazing journey. They shared their cultural stories and they explained factual information about Kauri trees and other trees in the forest. We learned a great deal, and enjoyed ourselves very much, but what shined through it all was their passion and commitment. They were excellent guides... More

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Miami Beach, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We’re here in this region as a Kauri Tree pilgrimage – and tonight is our big event. With Maori guides we are visiting the Waipoua Forest and will meet Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest. It is 2,000 years old, 51 metres high, 14 metres wide and the tallest Kauri Tree still standing. For Maori, Tane Mahuta embodies the creation... More

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Essen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Many thanks to Footprints Waipoua for the amazing Twilight Encounter event! We had a great time with you and would highly recommend booking this tour!

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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

It was very pleasant walking in the forest at that time of day. The guides were good and we learnt about the Kauri trees, the ferns, Maori legends. All very interesting. The singing to the important trees was charming to begin with, but a bit repetitive after a while, but despite this the walk is different, and well worth doing.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

If you are looking for a unique Maori cultural and nature experience, Footprints 'Twilight Encounter' is one of the best experiences you will ever have! It's uniqueness is walking through a magnificent ancient Kauri forest at night and experiencing the silence of night, bird calls echoing around the forest and viewing two of the largest Kauri's in NZ, an awesome... More

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Dunsborough, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Fascinating & amazing. Lovely Guides Mere & Natalia, knowledgable, lovely Maori songs in the forest on sunset. An experience you won't forget.

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Venice, Florida
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12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We were fortunate enough to do this walk on a beautiful moonlite might. Our guides, Mere and Natalia, were fantastic. The experience was a combination of story and song,paying tribute to the mighty Kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest and their deep relationship with centuries of Maori culture. The Kauri is a majestic giant that is revered by the local... More

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