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Address: 29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0) 9 405 8207
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Twilight Encounter

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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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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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It was rainy, it was cold, and it was very dark... yet I had such an interesting evening on the Twilight Encounter with Merepaea as our personal guide. She was thoughtful and engaging, and we were lucky to have her all to ourselves to talk about everything from the roads, modern Maori culture, her family/children, local seafood, kiwi song and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Okay, so how much can one say/know about Trees? I was not expecting to enjoy this - How wrong can one be! Our Guide was truly The Best - His passion, knowledge and experience with his culture was very humbling indeed. Stories that we were told and songs that we're sang were truly moving - and totally fascinating! I absolutely... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This visit into the Waipoua forest is so unique, because it is conducted by local guides who are passionate about their area and more so about the forest and its amazing kauri tress. The legends and story's they tell are fascinating and along their Maori culture they share with you is unforgettable. it is not commercialized but done in such... More 

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Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A mystical walk through the forest with a knowledgable Maori guide. She was full of information about the forest and introduced us to Maori tradition and culture. Being a rain forest, it was never far from rain, but the magnifient tree were majestic and spiritual in the night light. It would have been good to have been collected at the... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

No wonder that Lonely Planet rate this so highly - within their top 100 world wide! We had been to see Tane Mahuta (the giant Kauri) during the day time but nothing came close to the experience of a guided tour of the forest at night. Mere, our wonderful guide, was so knowledgable and interesting that she made this a... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I had the opportunity to attend a night time tour of Footprints in the Forest. Our guide Mary was an amazing and friendly leader. To hear the stories, to be explained the spirituality, and to experience the prayerful song before witnessing the majestic Kauri trees was a truly unique and humbling experience. Mary brought the forest and the Kauri to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A fantastic experience that makes you feel in touch with Mother Earth! You feel so humble seeing these natural giants in the moonlight. The Maori prayers to the forest by the guide make it very special, almost eerie, and you find yourself searching your own soul.

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Alstonville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Our 'tour guide' Billie was the best ever - led us on a very spiritual journey. This is a must to anyone visiting Northland NZ. The Twilight Tour is very safe, fascinating, spiritual, informative and absolutely awesome - be prepared for something you may never have experienced!

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Mt Eliza, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A very interesting walk lead by our guide, Merepaea Kendall. Merepaea was knowledgeable, respectful, pleasant and introduced many of her native Mauri traditions during this walk. She shared many intrpretations and legendary tales. Of course the climax was seeing the 'Father of the Forest and the 'Lord of the Forest'. The oldest Kauri tree being some 3000 years old. A... More 

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