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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 2014
Type: Tours, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The Twilight visit to Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere is an inspirational and spiritual experience. We were privileged to be Guided by Wiremu and Merepaia who provided an authentic Māori experience. They weaved karakia (prayer), waiata (song, pakiwaitara (legends) and Māori ancestral knowledge into our 4 hour tour. Thank you so much for the privilege of visiting Tane Mahuta... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have done the tour before and have raved about it, and returned to share it with my new partner. She was blown away. It is a trip full of heart - not just about seeing things, but feeling and experiencing them. Bill was a fabulous guide, and shared the Maori story of this magnificent forest. The singing, the praying,... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We loved this trip. Wonderful to be able to walk in the forest in the fading light, to see the extraordinary Kauri trees and be guided in recognising, among other things, the calls of native birds. The guides were knowledgable, friendly and professional. They put a special effort into making each guest feel welcome and comfortable, addressing each of us... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I really enjoyed this trip. It was a great way to see some nature, hear some wonderful stories and learn a little about another culture. The guides were all lovely people and we were picked up and dropped off to our hostel with no problems. I would certainly recommend the experience if in the area as it was insightful but... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We were picked up from the van park and visited the Kauri forest with two guides. You can only describe the experience as very very good. Well worth the money and would recommended it to everyone. Went back the next day to get photos because you aren't really allowed to take them at night. The tree in the photos is... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Bill took us to two forests and gave us a lot of information about the Father of the Forest and the Lord of the Forest.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Bill was a wonderful evening guide for an amazing, unique experience. HIGHLY recommend this; it adds so much cultural environmental and spiritual history and flavor.

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Brenchley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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Toronto
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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