Setting out from Hokianga by coach, your Maori guide will brief you on the protocols for your visit to the Waipoua Forest. Stepping into our special world you will be walking under the same way that guided our ancestor Kupe from legendary Hawaiiki to New Zealand. On the paths of the forest we meet trees that were already giants before his arrival and that were standing before the birth of Christ.
You will experience the affinity that early Maori had with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they hold for the giants still growing there. Learn of the rich bird life and other fauna that inhabits the forest and witness the transitions of life.
Your Maori guides will relate stories and legends of the forest, of its gods, and other spiritual inhabitants. They will greet the giant trees with spine-tingling waiata (sacred chants). You will learn how Maori used plants for medicinal purposes.
In the forest you will meet Te Matua Ngahere - 'The Father of the Forest'. At between 2,500 and 3,000 years old he is the oldest known kauri tree in the world. Your guide will greet this giant as an old friend. The highlight of the tour will be your meeting with 'The Lord of the Forest' - the giant Tane Mahuta! Your guide will formally greet the silent giant.
Tour Length: 1 full day
Minimum Number: This tour requires a minimum of 2 Adults total to offer. (Please do contact us, we can do our best. )
**This tour includes lunch so you can have a picnic lunch at the Waipoua visitor center.
09:00 - Leave Auckland 09:45 - Visit the Honey Centre 12:30 - Arrive at the Waipoua visitor center and have a picnic lunch. 13:30 - Meet the giant Kauri trees. Our local Maori guide will take you into the Waipoua forest, and share their songs and legends. 15:30 - Leave the Waipoua Forest 19:30 - Arrive in Auckland
What to Bring:
For the most enjoyable experience, we recommend that you bring-
Lightweight jacket (in winter) or sun hat (in summer)