Daylight Encounter - Waipoua Forest Guided Tour 3 Hours

A Footprints Waipoua experience is 1 of 2 NZ and 82 Global Experiences of a Lifetime. Mix a local Maori storyteller, a willingness to share, the singing of songs and giant kauri trees who have silently stood witnessing the passing of time and you've got yourself an experience of a lifetime.

Duration 3 hours
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  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Led by a local guide
What's included :
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within the Opononi/Omapere area
  • Local taxes
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Waipoua Forest
  • Entry/Admission - Footprints Waipoua
What's excluded :
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: on Northland's west coast, between Dargaville and Omapere, Waipoua Forest New Zealand

Join a friendly local Māori guide for your journey to the rich eco-system otherwise known as the Waipoua Forest. This 20,000-acre environment is the largest remaining stand of kauri in New Zealand and home to the oldest and largest known kauri sentinels in the world. The 20-minute journey from Omapere is a chance to be informed, engaged and prepared for an unforgettable encounter with remarkable creations fashioned by Mother Nature.
As we enter the forest you step into a special world; a world of giants that have stood silently witnessing the centuries and the many feats of the human race. Your tour will start with a karakia (prayer) seeking permission from Tāne Mahuta (the Māori God of the Forest) to enter his domain and to ensure that a safe and enjoyable experience is endured. Very quickly it will become obvious that Māori have a very special spiritual connection with the environment.
The easy walking tracks softly wind through an evergreen maze of unique flora. You will enjoy intermittent stops to connect with thought provoking information, stories and legends. You will learn about the indigenous use of plants and be amazed at the life cycle of a kauri giant. The seed to giant process is something that you have to see to believe. The first feature marked by a sign that we visit is the graceful collection of four mature kauri; befittingly called the Four Sisters. They have defied all the odds and continue to grow in close sibling harmony.
It’s time to make our way a little further down the path; inching ever so slowly to a meeting with Te Matua Ngāhere (The Father of the Forest). This is the oldest kauri tree in the world and at 3000 years it truly is an extraordinary sight. But before we arrive you will stop for a chance to physically place your hands upon the trunk of a giant. Look up and let your senses experience what it truly feels like to be insignificant in that moment.
Take time to adjust your eyes as you approach the viewing platform. There are very few words that can describe this presence so your guide will acknowledge this entity with a chant and song. Enjoy some silent time before heading back to your vehicle for a very brief drive to Tāne Mahuta. This is a national icon and the largest kauri tree in the world. Ironically the walk to this giant is short. The Lord of the Forest is also greeted by song. Your experience of a lifetime concludes under the branches of this 2000-year-old living sentinel with the telling of the Māori creation story. This tree is said to personify the separation of Sky Father and Mother Earth in order to create life. Unfortunately, it’s time to head back to Omapere but not before a few final words are shared. “We are only said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures”.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Footprints Waipoua, 29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest New Zealand

Join a friendly local Māori guide for your journey to the rich eco-system otherwise known as the Waipoua Forest. This 20,000-acre environment is the largest remaining stand of kauri in New Zealand and home to the oldest and largest known kauri sentinels in the world. The 20-minute journey from Omapere is a chance to be informed, engaged and prepared for an unforgettable encounter with remarkable creations fashioned by Mother Nature.
As we enter the forest you step into a special world; a world of giants that have stood silently witnessing the centuries and the many feats of the human race. Your tour will start with a karakia (prayer) seeking permission from Tāne Mahuta (the Māori God of the Forest) to enter his domain and to ensure that a safe and enjoyable experience is endured. Very quickly it will become obvious that Māori have a very special spiritual connection with the environment.
The easy walking tracks softly wind through an evergreen maze of unique flora. You will enjoy intermittent stops to connect with thought provoking information, stories and legends. You will learn about the indigenous use of plants and be amazed at the life cycle of a kauri giant. The seed to giant process is something that you have to see to believe. The first feature marked by a sign that we visit is the graceful collection of four mature kauri; befittingly called the Four Sisters. They have defied all the odds and continue to grow in close sibling harmony.
It’s time to make our way a little further down the path; inching ever so slowly to a meeting with Te Matua Ngāhere (The Father of the Forest). This is the oldest kauri tree in the world and at 3000 years it truly is an extraordinary sight. But before we arrive you will stop for a chance to physically place your hands upon the trunk of a giant. Look up and let your senses experience what it truly feels like to be insignificant in that moment.
Take time to adjust your eyes as you approach the viewing platform. There are very few words that can describe this presence so your guide will acknowledge this entity with a chant and song. Enjoy some silent time before heading back to your vehicle for a very brief drive to Tāne Mahuta. This is a national icon and the largest kauri tree in the world. Ironically the walk to this giant is short. The Lord of the Forest is also greeted by song. Your experience of a lifetime concludes under the branches of this 2000-year-old living sentinel with the telling of the Māori creation story. This tree is said to personify the separation of Sky Father and Mother Earth in order to create life. Unfortunately, it’s time to head back to Omapere but not before a few final words are shared. “We are only said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures”.


Duration: 30 minutes

Departure Point :
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga, State Highway 12 Omapere, Hokianga 0444, New Zealand
Departure Time :
1:00 PM
Return Detail :
Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per tour is required
  • Children MUST be accompanied by an adult
  • Child rate applies with 2 paying adults
  • The meeting point is the Copthorne Resort & Hotel Hokianga.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Footprints Waipoua

Activity ID: V-26773P5