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“A unique experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Footprints Waipoua

Footprints Waipoua
29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
+64 (0) 9 405 8207
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Tours, Outdoors
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Toronto
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“A unique experience!”
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!

Visited January 2014
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Naples, Florida
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“Awesome experience”
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.

Visited March 2014
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“A very special experience you don't want to miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

We were with Mere and Nataleah this evening and they took us on an amazing journey. They shared their cultural stories and they explained factual information about Kauri trees and other trees in the forest. We learned a great deal, and enjoyed ourselves very much, but what shined through it all was their passion and commitment. They were excellent guides and amazing women.

Visited March 2014
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Miami Beach, Fl
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“Kauri Tree Pilgrimage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We’re here in this region as a Kauri Tree pilgrimage – and tonight is our big event. With Maori guides we are visiting the Waipoua Forest and will meet Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest. It is 2,000 years old, 51 metres high, 14 metres wide and the tallest Kauri Tree still standing. For Maori, Tane Mahuta embodies the creation myth in which Tane used his great strength to force apart his parents embrace, thus allowing light to enter the space between Rangi (the Sky Father) and Papa (the Sky Mother). Tane is therefore regarding as the ancestor of the forest and all it contains.

Our guides of the Footprints Encounter explain that the Europeans traded the timber and gum from the Kauri and in the process destroyed all but a few pockets of Kauri forest – 99% has been destroyed. The most important “pocket” is the Waipoua Forest and has been protected since 1952 – it contains some of the oldest and largest remaining trees: Tane Mahuta, Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest), the Four Sisters and the Yakas. The fate of Kauris is strikingly similar to the Redwood forests of California and the hard wood deciduous forests of New England.

We walked the forest paths at twilight and into the evening by flashlights. Mere and Natalea, our guides, would speak or sing in Maori and translate into English, prayers. One was the Karikea, a prayer before entering the forest asking for our safety in the forest and around NZ.

So much to say from this experience – can only express a few highlights here – while we were taking a break at the restrooms, we heard the shrieks (yes, that’s exactly what it sounded like) of a kiwi bird. It is a rare event to hear these calls of the flightless bird! If you love trees and forests then this experience is a must! It was a magical night!

Visited January 2014
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Essen, Germany
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“Twilight Encounter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Many thanks to Footprints Waipoua for the amazing Twilight Encounter event! We had a great time with you and would highly recommend booking this tour!

Visited March 2014
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