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

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

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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This twilight walking tour is hosted by local Maori and is a must on any visit to New Zealand. You visit some of the last Kauri forest left in NZ and visit some of the last standing giants while hearing Maori legends and song. At times we were moved to tears a truly real! experience.

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Ferndown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We were met at our hotel by Bill our local Maori guide. We were lucky because there were just the three of us, myself and wife and a lady from Switzerland who was cycling New Zealand. This was her day off so she had elected a walk in the forest. Bill took us to a view point overlooking the bay... More 

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Taupo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Our guide Mere is a te reo teacher and it showed in the wonderful use of the Maori language. She sung, chanted and shared prayers with us. It wasn't just trees we were seeing but a statement of life and the living and how precious it all is and should be. The moments of silence we shared was another lovely... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Father of the Forest - a great way to be introduced to Moari beliefs & down to earth nature & care of our environment, which some how is what to days world seems to have forgotten about.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We had a great tour yesterday of the forest. Our guide Nataleah walked us through the awesome Waipoua forest giving us incite into her mauri culture, and background. She personalized her story and by the end of the tour we were friends, truly. You could walk among the awesome trees by your self, but that is a mistake. You need... More 

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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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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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