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“Blown away!”

Waipoua Forest Kauri Tour - Mydo New Zealand
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“Blown away!”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Waipoua Forest
A long time ago forests covered a vast amount of the country. The Waipoua Kauri forest is but a tiny remnant of that vast forested land. The Kauri are the leviathans of the forest and were the target of the loggers to such a degree that what we are left with today is a sad reminder of uncontrolled, reckless exploitation by humans.
At the Forest information centre you can organise a guided tour or arrange to plant a tree. This is then looked after on the ground by the Maori custodians and they give you the gps co-ordinates so you can check on its progress via Google Earth. I think it is a small price to pay for helping to redress the damage wreaked by our forebears.

Visited June 2012
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Encinitas, California
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“Prepare to be overwhelmed with beauty”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

Take the two short hikes to see the giant kauri trees. You won't be sorry. The size and grandeur of such amazingly OLD living things is breathtaking.

One will charge small fee to keep parking area safe and the trees free from contaminants. Do pay.

Visited March 2012
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Olomouc, Czech Republic
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“Fantastic meeting with old kauri trtee”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

With ny wife we did by car nearly 600 km from Auckland to the north and back only to see famous kauri tree named Tane Mahuta - the Lord of the forest, more than 2000 years old.
Along the way we have visited Kauri museum too, a lot of things to see inside.
It was fantastic feeling to see this majestic tree, which stays there like the only one remain of endemic kauri forest existing on the Nort Island before white people came there and destroyed it.

Visited November 2011
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Magical Place”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

The Kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest are awesome. Surrounded by native bush and trees the Kauri's stand proud and tall. Some of the tress are thousands of years old and there is a majestic aura about them. They hold spiritual significance for the Maori people, with the biggest of them all Tane Mahuta being the god of the forests. The forest is a tropical rain forest environment and comes alive when it rains with a rich atmosphere of smells and colours. Best of all the tracks are free and fully accessible. This is one of the best parts of New Zealand and the tirp north of Auckland is worth it.

Visited December 2011
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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“Unbelieveably HUGE trees - awesome sight”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

Drove a long way to see these trees - it was our first day of having a campervan and had no idea how slow the roads were in NZ and how long it would take us to get there (eventhough I had mapped it before we left - it was more of a 4 hour drive than the 2.5 hour that had been said). If you are up in the area definitely make a trip out to the forest - they are a sight to behold. Easy walks to get to them.

Visited August 2011
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