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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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What an emotion!

We will never forget the emotion of entering the forest, listening to the stories and the moving songs of our special guide, admiring the giant Kauri trees in the light of dawn... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Orlando A
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Rome, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We will never forget the emotion of entering the forest, listening to the stories and the moving songs of our special guide, admiring the giant Kauri trees in the light of dawn. Not to be missed

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With Merepaea Kendall we spent a private walk, in the evening in to the Waipoua forest. This was a great experience! She explained us her maori culture and all about the forest and especially the history about the magic Kauri tree. Thank you very munch Mereapea for this unforgettable experience!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the Twilight Encounter Bill as our guide. It was absolutely the highlight of our New Zealand trip. Bill's knowledge and passion for the forest and it's inhabitants was inspiring. And when he sang a greeting to the great Tane Mahuta, it sent chills down our spines!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Kauri tree or " Kodey" in local dialect is a must see in New Zealand North Island. We had the greatest tour guide, Billy Boy. He is the funniest Kiwi I came across very knowledgeable man.

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Thank Rez Z
Pembroke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

If you are humming and harring about booking this experience just do it, unique experience. Fantastic.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Our guide was Merepaea and she was great at explaining local culture and customs. Creation story about kiwi was good. She sang a few Maori songs and said some prayers at various parts of tour. Kauri trees were stunning! Sooo big...absolutely indescribable. Worth the admission price! This evening tour went from 6 pm to 9:30. Had small group of only... More 

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Thank SlonkieCanada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We took the twilight encounter and Meripae in November. I use a power wheelchair and there was some question as to if my wheelchair would get through the terrain. There was some rain early in the afternoon, so Meripae called our hotel room to give us an "out". I have a pretty touch power chair so decided to go forward... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We took the Twilight Encounter with Meripae in early December. Her vast knowledge of the ecosystem, Kauri Forest and Maori Legends was amazing. The experience was almost "spiritual" as we walked through the old growth forest at dusk, surrounded by Thousand year old trees as she sang softly in Maori. Enlightening and enthralling. Not for children...they wouldn't "get it", but... More 

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Thank scubamom33
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Really informative and moving experience - we found out so much about the forest on our wonderful guided walk. Our guide Merepaea was also wonderful.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This was our favorite experience in all of New Zealand.....a daytime walking tour through the forest and meeting the majestic Tane Mahuta with our guide Bill Mathews. As we approached the ancient tree, Bill sang our introduction to this Lord of the Forest. His knowledge of the old Maori customs, herbal medicines, uses for plants, etc. were fascinating. It was... More 

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