Join our Maori guide on our new daylight version of the Twilight Encounter tour to Tane Mahuta in New Zealand that Lonely Planet Code Green describes as an experience of a lifetime!


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 and the day turning into the night.


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.


You will meet TeMatua Ngahere – ‘TheFather 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!


This daylight encounter lasts from 3.5 hours (approx) from 210 Minutes

1 day
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Car Park, Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga, Stage Highway 12, Omapere

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Footprints Waipoua

Join us at Footprints Waipoua for an intimate encounter to learn how these trees are intertwined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system of the Waipoua Forest.


Our Guides

Our local guides take you on a memorable journey through nature's stages of evolution, whilst providing a mythological and interactive interpretation of life in the forest with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world.


Local Maori guides share the stories their ancestors taught them as children. Capturing the legends of the Atua (forest gods), the waiata (songs), the rongoa (medicine) and their magic.


Footprints Waipoua acknowledge TE ROROA the iwi and kaitiaki of this great taonga (treasure). We continue to work with Te Roroa as we address the challenges the Waipoua forest faces now and in the future.

Our Ancestors

Meet our ancestors; the mighty Te Matua Ngahere ('The Father of the Forest') estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old, his mighty girth of 16 metres diameter. 'The Four Sisters' are a graceful collection of kauri trees that have grown close together in sibling harmony and finally, Tane Mahuta ('The Lord of the Forest') who stands an impressive 51 metres (150ft) tall.

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