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Address: 29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
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Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide
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Pleasant Informative Walk

We were picked up at our hotel by someone we came to know as Billy Bob Thompson. His long black ponytail underneath his leather hat were his striking features. He took us and a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Farnborough, United Kingdom

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were picked up at our hotel by someone we came to know as Billy Bob Thompson. His long black ponytail underneath his leather hat were his striking features. He took us and a Dutch couple to the meeting point at the Copthorne Hotel to meet up with another couple. We were then transported to the entrance of the forest.... More 

Thank 585Rodney585
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a kind of cultural experience mixed with nature and education. Our guide "Billy Boy" has such a beautiful voice when he sings and chant to the forest gives one such a spiritual elevation.

Thank Erik L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This evening trip takes you into the Waipoua forest with a small group, ours was 8 people and a Maori guide. Our guide was Merepaea and her talk varied from the ancient Maori traditions to the modern uses for some of the plants and trees. The main focus of the evening though is the mighty Kauri trees and their place... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would highly recommend, whilst seeing the trees and spending time in the forest would be amazing by itself this adds so much more. We did the evening tour it was good to have in introduction to understand the significance of the area and forest to the Maori people and the mythology associated with the trees and nature. our guide was... More 

Thank Limesemma
Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's impressive enough just to see the Kauri Forest, but our inspirational guide, Merepaea, provided us with context so we could better understand the significance of these giant trees to the creation stories of the Maori culture. The trees, some of which are more than 2000 years old, are ecosystems unto themselves, hosting over 40 other species. In fact, one... More 

Thank JE and JA D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the ideal place to see the giant kauri trees of New Zealand. This was an evening tour starting at the Copthorne Hotel in Omapere and then travelling by mini bus into the forest with our Maori guide Billy Boy Thompson who was very informative, friendly and often amusing. He gave the Maori perspective of the kauri forest and... More 

Thank Neil C
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A genuine experience hosted by two people truly passionate about the Kauri trees and the Maori heritage and the inextricable link between the two. While you could do this walk alone and see the same things, you would miss the deep historical and cultural knowledge and passion that Billy Boy imparts. After his trip we have a deep appreciate of... More 

Thank ASel89
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

The perfect evening to end our NZ holiday! A spiritual insight into the Maori culture with a beautiful guide walking amongst ancient living and breathing trees was a holiday highlight of the North Island! To quietly stand in front of a 3,500 year old indigenous tree was incredible!

Thank msewards
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Was such a great experience as tamgatawhenua to hear our history being told and to have my son (11yo) with me. He loved hearing the stories and having the encounter with both beautiful living beings. Humbling to say the least. Thanks to our guide "BillyBoy" for making the experience very spiritual. Here's our picture

Thank ta0nga13
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Billy Boy was our inspirational guide. He took us into the heart of the Waipoua Forest to view Tane Mahuta and the Four Sisters. Billy's knowledge of the forest, his respect for his Maori culture and encouraging us to give a tree a Hongi are moments I will always remember. We did the evening trek and Billy would suddenly burst... More 

Thank Suzie B

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