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.
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