When you stand before the ancient Kauri trees you are in the presence of living entities that were mature trees before any human came to these shores.
Learn of legends, gods & myths Waipoua Forest - the best preserved and largest of the remaining Kauri Forests in New Zealand. This is the domain of Tane Mahuta, the “Lord of the Forest” who at 51.5 metres is the largest (by volume) of these ancient trees. Enjoy an unforgettable guided night tour or journey back in time and follow the original stagecoach route from Paihia to Hokianga and visit Tane Mahuta.
The Kauri Walk also runs through the Waipoua Forest. A track meanders through native bush and brings you to a central point from which you can access the three walks, Yakas’, the ‘Four Sisters’, ‘Te Matua Ngahere’ & Cathedral Grove.
The Father of the Forest ‘Te Matua Ngahere’ was a sapling at the time of bronze-age man some 2500 to 3000 years ago. It’s almost unbelievable that these kauri trees have lived for so long.
Trounson Kauri Park A mainland ‘island’ of kauri forest and native wildlife. It’s well worth taking the 40-minute forest walk. Guided night-time walks are a chance to encounter kiwi in their natural habitat.
Puketi Forest & its 15,000 hectares contains magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity. The Department of Conservation provides forest huts, cabins and camping facilities and walks in the forest. Enjoy the native flora and fauna, the night walk encounter – observing the nocturnal wildlife such as Wetas and Kiwi.
The A H Reed Kauri Park in Whangarei offers a ‘canopy walkway’. This remnant of original Kauri Forest contains a waterfall, walking tracks and a spectacular tree-top boardwalk passing by 500 year old kauri trees. Just half an hour from the city Whangarei Heads has some of the most spectacular scenery of the region. It is almost 1000 steps to get to the top of Mt Manaia, but worth it every step.
Tane Moana Walkway The walkway from Matapouri takes you to the largest kauri tree remaining on the east coast, Tane Moana. Measuring over 11 metres in circumference, stands head and shoulders above the ridge line, and has a boardwalk built around him to protect his roots and base.
The Kauri Museum No this is not a Kauri Forest, but you will receive a fascinating insight into early NZ at this award winning museum – A MUST DO! Discover the history of the kauri tree, its timber, gum, and the early pioneers to the region (Matakohe).
Gumdiggers Park (just north of Kaitaia) is an authentic Kauri Gum digging site over 100 years old, with 40,000 to 150,000 year old Buried Kauri Forests that have been exposed by the gum diggers.