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

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
20 helpful votes 20 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Melbourne
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

My friend Warren and I were lucky enough to enjoy the Twilight encounter last week with the wonderful tour guides - Mere and Nataleah. They were fabulous. The tour was an amazing experience, fun, really informative and beautiful. The forest is beautiful in it's own right - but was even more so when accompanied by the songs and stories told... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Perfect hosts made it a WOW experience.Fine food,very comfortable and great walks in the forests.No dislikes.

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Sydney
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This gem of a tour is located in the Northland region of NZ in the Waipoua forest. The whole experience is informative, fun and spiritually moving - it is hardly surprising that Lonely Planet Green rate it as 1 of 82 amazing journeys and life changing experiences in the world. The Maori guides are a delight and their songs and... More 

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