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Footprints Waipoua

Address: 29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0) 9 405 8207
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks, Sightseeing Tours
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Taupo
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127 reviews 127 reviews
44 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Our guide Mere is a te reo teacher and it showed in the wonderful use of the Maori language. She sung, chanted and shared prayers with us. It wasn't just trees we were seeing but a statement of life and the living and how precious it all is and should be. The moments of silence we shared was another lovely... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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77 reviews 77 reviews
49 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Father of the Forest - a great way to be introduced to Moari beliefs & down to earth nature & care of our environment, which some how is what to days world seems to have forgotten about.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We had a great tour yesterday of the forest. Our guide Nataleah walked us through the awesome Waipoua forest giving us incite into her mauri culture, and background. She personalized her story and by the end of the tour we were friends, truly. You could walk among the awesome trees by your self, but that is a mistake. You need... More 

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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

the tall trees at night are really impressive and the guide was great. He told a lot about the forest and the costumes of the Maori in an informative and funny way. Walking there at night is truly an amazing experience. If you're planning a visit to the tall trees, you should go on this tour. M.Jochem, the Netherlands

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We did it twice! With the same guide "Bill" who is the best in the world. Thanks to his kindness and his sensitivity. Lot of legends, stories, learning about nature, plant, spirituality, and the impression that is a secret place kept by the old gods of New Zealand... Also nice to realize how much the Maoris are proud of there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This tour wasn't originally on our itinerary, but some very good friends suggested it and I'm so grateful they did. Our guide, Merepaea, was a gracious, lovely and knowledgeable lady and it was her love and respect for her culture and the environment that made this tour something special. We went in a small group in the early evening. Seeing... More 

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Charters Towers, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Visiting Northland the twilight encounter which runs for 4 hours and is an easy walk, is a MUST DO. Right from the outset our guides Merepaea and Nataleah captured our inner spirits, welcoming us into their whanau (family) to experience the majestic and awe-inspiring power of Aotearoa (NZ), Waipoua and Lord of the Forest Tane Mahuta the 2,500 year old... More 

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Hamburg, Deutschland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

If you are interested in History, Culture and Nature you should book this little trip which is being guided by a local Maori. You will hear and see a lot about the Forest and its Inhabitants. Also the Guide brings you a bit closer to their beliefs and culture. The huge WOW Effect are the magnificent Kauri Trees. A wonderful... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Fascinating evening tour with Maori guides of the ancient Kauri Forest. The guides were knowledgeable and provided fascinating sidelights on Maori culture.

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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful and moving experience. A misty rain was falling but only added to the atmosphere. Our guides Mere and Nataleah were wonderful, informative and friendly, and their chanting especially was spine-tingling. The walk was reasonably easy too. I had both knees replaced in September and managed it beautifully, so don't hesitate to give it a go. Wouldn't have minded... More 

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