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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, Tours, Outdoors
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Tours, Outdoors
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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 NEW

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
18 helpful votes 18 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Two guys from the small company footprints picked us up from the hotel then whisked us off deep into the Kauri forest (pronounced Cody apparently). After brief introductions, Bill gave us a little bit of local history of both the area and his tribe as we drove deeper into the forest. Eventually we parked up and followed them into the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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