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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Right at the entrance to the pathway into where you walk for 5 minutes to see the biggest kauri tree in the Waipoua forest, known as Tane Mahuta or 'Lord of the Forest' is a prominent bright yellow sign reminding you to lock your car and take care of the valuables.It is sadly a known fact of the last few years that the Northland area of NZ is...more
Favorite thing: When I was here in Dec 2002, the forest lookout road was closed, so best to check before you head up there... There is a Park information centre in Waipoua that was open, and I'm sure they can give the latest on which roads/trails are accessible...