The impressively huge kauri trees up in the Waipoua forest are impressively ancient - been here a long long time!!
Tane Mahuta has become an impressive tourist attraction because it is huge - it is the largest of the kauri trees known of in New Zealand .
Well signposted you will see the signs along the main road that you have arrived at the parking area to stop your car for the 5 minute walk through the forest to see Tane Mahuta - Maori for 'Lord of the Forest' - the largest kauri tree in the forest years estimated to be around 1200 years old!
There are information boards telling you about the tree , about kauri trees and also how to take care in the forest to minimise the effects of your visit on the environment....also to be careful to lock your car and not leave valuables in view.
Read the info board provided and the wood in the tree in this 600 year old + tree would have been enough to make about 30 houses, the tree is unfortunately slowly rotting away.
enjoy the flora and fauna that can be seen on your bushwalk!
the Trounson Kauri Forest 8km off the main road north-south covers a much larger area than the nearby Waipoua forest, has walking trails and picnic areas to enjoy being out in the NZ bush but for seeing huge impressive trees such as Tane Mahuta you will need a visit to the Waipoua forest....
When you get to a point on the road on the hill that is either when you come out of the forest or if you are heading south on your way up the hill just before entering Waipoua forest there are great views over Waimamaku and the Weka Weka valley - this is the area of my fathers family and Ive always enjoyed stopping to take in the beautiful views.
The road used to be an arduous one of very rough gravel and very winding - there has been so much improvement to it that it is now much shorter and though still winding and still quite narrow in places it is tar sealed all the way and with the beautiful scenery of the forest it is well worth coming this way to enjoy.
Driving through the beautiful Waipoua Forest with its cherished kauri trees - you will see many kauri along the road sides with all the modifications and improvements to the road fitting in with maintaining the survival of the precious trees.
Look out for two kauri trees together on each side of the road - Darby and Joan - you will often come across postcards of them, i think there is a sign nearby with their names on them. I will have to find info to remind myself who they have been named after, there is some history and meaning attached to them but have since forgotten.
While driving through the forest you will see a signposted road off the main forest road taking you to the Forest Headquarters of the people looking after the forest.
Extensive info is available along with a picnic area and accommodation - I did actually stay there once in cabin accommodation available then in the camping ground quite a few years ago and as the signs show there is still accommodation available.
The first stop is the forest lokout when you just enter the park. It used to be a lookout for fires, so there's a great view. From the car park you can walk around the kauri forest, there are 4 main trees to walk to. The first one is Te Mata Ngahere, meaning the father of the Forest. It's 2000 years old, 30 m high and 5 m in diameter. Nearby are the Four Sisters, four kauri trees growing very close to each other. From there you can walk to the Yakas Tree in half an hour. Further north is Tane Mahuta, the god of the forest for the Maori, it's the largest kauri tree in New Zealand.
This is the most impressive tree that I saw in all of NZ... I have seen taller trees in California for sure, but this one has to be the fattest.... (about 5 metres in diameter)
Te Matua Hhahere is about a 20 minute hike off the main road...
Tane Mahuta Tree (the Maori name for God of the Forest) is estimated to be between 1200 and 2000 years old. Located just a five minute walk off the main road thru Waipoua...
One of the most massive trees in this forest..
El nombre científico del Kauri es " Agathis Australis"
The scientific name of the tree is " Agathis Australis"
No big old growth trees here, but a nice quiet place to picnic and take a walk through the forest....(you are likely to find a nice quite place all by yourself here....)
A stand of four large Kauri trees, the so called "Four Sisters Trees"... and I have to say, they are four quite tall sisters at that......