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Footprints Waipoua

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Address: 29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0) 9 405 8207
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Slow down and listen to the birds.

We visited the Four Sisters, Te Matua Ngahere (which is off State Highway No 1.) and Tane Mahuta at twilight. Our guides were Billy and Teresa. It is an easy walk with excellent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Four Sisters, Te Matua Ngahere (which is off State Highway No 1.) and Tane Mahuta at twilight. Our guides were Billy and Teresa. It is an easy walk with excellent paths. Billy has the skill of relaxing strangers, entertains and teaches the group the amazing story of the magnificent Kauri tree with the low key, NZ style... More 

1 Thank Heather Q
Enschede, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Billy Boy and Mirri were our tour guides on the twighlight encounter tour. Great people and awesome tour. Nice way to get in touch with the Maori culture and beautiful Kauri trees!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An emotional and moving experience. Three days into our first NZ holiday this was a wonderful introduction to the significance of Maori culture in the country today. Simply cannot praise this organisation highly enough: exceeded our expectations. If staying in one of the local hotels, you need to arrange a special meal either before or after the tour due to... More 

Thank Rob_K55
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With our guide Billyboy, we had a deeper understanding of the endangered giant kauri trees. He provided really interesting perspectives including the life cycle of these giants as well as Maori stories related to the trees and native birds. Yes you can do the trek and walk in the Waipoua forest yourselves but with our guide, Billyboy, the walk came... More 

Thank Iris L
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We completed the Footprints Waipoua Twilight Walk with Billyboy and Merepaea on the 12th of October. What an amazing tour, Billyboy and Merepaea were very informative about the history and culture of Maori and the Forrest care and activities. The prayers, greetings and songs they sang were absolutely beautiful (awesome voices) and touched the heart and soul - we all... More 

Thank Jannwood
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We had such a good time on our night walk with Mere & Billy. It was definitely a highlight of our trip, and a must if you're going to NZ.

Thank PrettyMaryKay
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

We had a great Walk in Waipoua Forest with Billy from Footprints. It is so much more than looking at the most beautiful trees, for us it was very special to hear about the story's and meaning for the lokal people. To see how a little seed is grown to a massive +/+ 3500 year old tree. It makes you... More 

Thank Mariska L
Atherton, California
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Actually words are inadequate to characterize this experience. We began our 3 week vacation in New Zealand in the Waipoua area. Footprints Maori guides, Merepaea and Billyboy, took us on a twilight tour of the majestic Kauri trees, engaging us in a genuine dialogue and introducing us to the reverence these amazing trees hold in their culture. This introduction has... More 

Thank Bruce B
Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We booked this trip prior to arriving in NZ, as it was only on our second day of our trip. We travelled from Paihia - in a hurry! It takes a good hour and a half by car from there to the departure point of the hotel in Hokianga, so ensure you leave enough time. Also try to eat before... More 

Thank Michelle F
North Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

If you stay at the Waipoua Forest Lodge and you book the Twilight Encounter, know that you have to drive at least 1/2 hour to make the rendevous, but it is absolutely worth the time and effort. Our Maori guide Merepaea really knew her stuff and taught us a lot about the Maori culture and about kauri trees as we... More 

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