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Address: 29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0) 9 405 8207
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Waipoua Forest is one of the best places I ever visited in New Zealand, it was breathtaking to see the largest trees in New Zealand and the world!! And the trip guide is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Waipoua Forest is one of the best places I ever visited in New Zealand, it was breathtaking to see the largest trees in New Zealand and the world!! And the trip guide is a wonderful man and a nice singer!!

Thank Ali A
Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

This was a wonderful tour! My 3 companions and I did the "Twilight Encounter" on July 2nd with two guides, Merepaea and Billy Boy. They were awesome! Walking through the forest was amazing. But what made it 10x better was getting to listen to stories about the history of the land and region and learn about Mauri culture and customs.... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

If there is any way you can do this tour do it! It is a gift. This tour runs in conjunction with the Copthorne Hokianga and I had arranged my tour with them. Dinner was organised before we left to be ready upon our return. We were met by our guides Merepaea and Billy Boy at the hotel. We were... More 

Thank Allie F
Victoria, British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

The "Twilight walk" led by Merepaea Kendall through the old growth Kauri forest was magical! Merepaea was very knowledgeable about the importance of the forest to her Maori people, and she shared with us both the science and the mystery of the ancient trees. Merepaea picked us up at our hotel for the drive to the forest, and then led... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Billy Boy Thompson and his associate know the forest very well and introduce it very effectively. I was with two other guests; we met at the Copthorne Hotel, and at Waipoua Forest walked several Kauri paths, leaving the mighty Tane Mahuta tree for last. I followed up the next morning with a somewhat longer walk. Yes, you can do an... More 

Thank David M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The Waipoua forest, in itself, is one of the most amazing places we have ever been to. In addition to the picturesque Kauris, walking through the forest with Merepaea (the guide) in the evening twilight, looking at the plants and trees around, listening to Maori songs-prayers in her soulful voice, stories about the forest from Maori culture - an ineffable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Billy Boy was our tour guide and he made our tour incredible. From him we have learnt about the stories about the root of New Zealand, myths about the kaudi trees and knowledge about the remedies found in the Waipoua rainforest. Billy Boy shared a special bond with the forest and he knew some of the trees personally as if... More 

Thank Karsin N
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Kauri forest. Having been there some years before, it was very pleasing to hear the different perspective from our Maori guide who was a local of the area. Very authentic, very entertaining...and the spiritual calls and songs were very focusing.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Thanks, Billy Boy. We appreciated your good humour and singing. For people considering doing the tour (which you should) some of the money goes towards preserving the forest, you will probably get back in time for dinner. You can request pick up from various locations in Opononi. There is no time to eat during the tour except on the bus.... More 

Thank SleepingGypsyFrank
Bremen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

This is definitely one highlight of my trip. Thanks Billy Boy! This tour is a perfect fit for everyone. You get a good balance of scientific facts, cultural background and nature.

Thank Betty N

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