We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Footprints Waipoua

29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
+64 9-405 8207
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Waipoua Forest Daylight Walk with Local Guide
More Info
and up
Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
  • Excellent90%
  • Very good8%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“maori culture” (28 reviews)
“billy boy” (27 reviews)
29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
+64 9-405 8207
Write a Review
Reviews (270)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

81 - 90 of 235 reviews

Reviewed December 15, 2015

Really informative and moving experience - we found out so much about the forest on our wonderful guided walk. Our guide Merepaea was also wonderful.

1  Thank Anne A
Reviewed December 15, 2015

This was our favorite experience in all of New Zealand.....a daytime walking tour through the forest and meeting the majestic Tane Mahuta with our guide Bill Mathews. As we approached the ancient tree, Bill sang our introduction to this Lord of the Forest. His knowledge...More

3  Thank travelj60
Reviewed December 14, 2015

See the God of the Forest like never before. We did the Twilight Encounter. This was absolutly perfect. We had lovely guides and a great, breathetaking tour. And the best of all: You help protecting the forest which is very important while there is a...More

1  Thank wen785
Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Seeing the giant Kauri trees in the twilight was incredible and especially with our Maori guide, Merepaea. She generously shared stories, prayers and song. We had a really good group including some young local Maori.

1  Thank ColoradoRandS
Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Just back from the twilight tour with our amazing guide Merepaea and we couldn't be happier. The kauri trees were majestic and beautiful, but the experience was made so much more special with the inclusion of the Maori culture. We will not forget this tour...More

1  Thank fed4321
Reviewed December 9, 2015

I went on the Twilight Tour with Merepaea Kendall. The woods were beautiful and her stories and singing really made the tour. Highly recommend!

1  Thank Emily C
Reviewed December 8, 2015

Twilight tour was a walking tour led by native Maori tourguides, Billyboy & Mereaea. They are a happy couple who were passionate about saving the kauri (pronounced cody) trees and the kiwi birds. The tour included prayers, chants, & songs in their language as well...More

1  Thank Ronald K
Reviewed December 7, 2015

The twilight encounter tour with the guides Billy Boy and Teresa was one of the most special experiences during my time in NZ. The tour gives insight into flora and fauna of the Kauri forest and the Maori traditions and mythology connected to it. Billy...More

1  Thank Reisetante_999
Reviewed December 4, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our twilight tour. It is an amazing experience to look at 3000 year old trees in the luminous twilight. Our guide, Merepaea was very informative and had the most amazing voice. Highly recommend this tour to anyone in the area. Definitely a highlight...More

1  Thank Oscar5310
Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Billy Boy gave us an awesome tour of Te Manutanahere, Four Sisters and Tanemahuta. His explanation of the canopies, the history and the legends made the area come alive.

1  Thank Lrb88
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Morrells Cafe
10 reviews
4.64 miles away
Copthorne Hotel and Resort
60 reviews
9.58 miles away
The Landing Cafe
126 reviews
10.48 miles away
Boatshed Cafe
151 reviews
14.89 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Tane Mahuta Walk
374 reviews
.48 miles away
Waipoua Forest
180 reviews
.45 miles away
Four Sisters Walk
15 reviews
.35 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
April 23, 2016|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Jake F | Reviewed this property |
On our night tour, near the end, we were served a very warm tea. It was very good. But there is no food offered. And they would likely frown upon eating during the tour. Eat before.
lyn b
March 15, 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from TaupoSheryll | Reviewed this property |
I presume you will be docking in Russell so would be quite a drive 1.5 hours each way I would think. Our tour only started at 6pm so that wouldn't work for you. You don't have to do a tour you could always hire a car and... More