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Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide

Highlights
  • Experience New Zealand's sacred Waipoua forest with an indigenous guide
  • Get steeped in the myths and origins of the Maori belief system
  • Commune with the giant Kauri trees of this ancient forest, some of which are several thousand years old
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Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide
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Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide
From US$66.67
Overview
Experience a mystical journey through the sacred forests of New Zealand’s Maori people during this 4-hour evening forest walk in Waipoua with an indigenous guide. Walk beneath the giant Kauri trees of this forest sanctuary, including the majestic ‘Te Matua Ngahere’ tree, absorbing the site’s spiritual energy as you learn about the site’s significance to Maori beliefs.
What to Expect
Receive an afternoon pickup from a location in the Opononi and Omapere area, or meet up with the group at the Tane Mahuta Carpark or Te Matua Ngahere Carpark. As you transfer to this special natural sanctuary, you’ll get an introduction to the protocols followed by visitors from your Maori guide.

When you arrive at Waipoua, you’ll likely be able to see the starry sky up above. These very same stars helped guide the Maori people across the ocean to New Zealand from their traditional homeland of ‘Hawaiki.’ Your walk through this sacred forest will take you past ancient trees that first grew from the ground long before these very first Maori legends.

Pay a visit to some Waipoua’s oldest ‘great ancestors’ including Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest), a tree believed to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old and spanning more than 15 feet (5 meters) in diameter. You’ll also marvel at ‘The Four Sisters,’ a collection of trees that grew and thrived living in close proximity, and see the giant Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest), which towers more than 150 feet (50 meters) above the forest floor. After enjoying this mystical experience, you’ll return to your original starting point.
Reviews (37)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing experience with two enormously dedicated, entertaining and informative guides

We were educated to a whole new level by our two local guides who gave us an amazing experience through a moving encounter with the Kauri forest. Their songs and prayers told great stories of the relationship the Maori's had with everything living and what...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Retiredtravellers63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Twighlight tour in the Waipoua forest

A truly amazing experience to be amongst the gentle giants in the little remaining Kauri forest of Northland. Our guide Charlie, who is local to the area,made this such a special visit with his knowledge, humility and humour. His ability to transmit his culture and...More

Thank MichelleS1245
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
An experience not to be missed

Our guides Merepaea & Waimararama made this a spiritual experience which will live with me forever. It was so much more than a walk through the forest! Nature has created something wonderful and we need to work hard to keep it for future generations to...More

1  Thank CDANDDJS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Outstanding experience of venerable trees with Maori guide

One of the outstanding experiences of our visit. Charlie our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgable and respectful. He shared the stories and cultural aspects of the forest and these amazing ancient trees. We had already visited the Tane Mapua walk ourselves, but this made it so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Devaflam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
An absolute must-do

This was an experience, more than a tour. Charles, the Mauri guide, was brilliant and ushered us into the wonder of these magnificent trees, the forest, the legends and the 'wow' of being there. How do you wrap your head around a tree more than...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank richardandrew12
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