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Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide

  • Experience New Zealand's sacred Waipoua forest with an indigenous guide
  • Get steeped in the myths and origins of the Maori belief system
  • Commune with the giant Kauri trees of this ancient forest, some of which are several thousand years old
Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide
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Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide
USD 64.51
Experience a mystical journey through the sacred forests of New Zealand’s Maori people during this 4-hour evening forest walk in Waipoua with an indigenous guide. Walk beneath the giant Kauri trees of this forest sanctuary, including the majestic ‘Te Matua Ngahere’ tree, absorbing the site’s spiritual energy as you learn about the site’s significance to Maori beliefs.
What to Expect
Receive an afternoon pickup from a location in the Opononi and Omapere area, or meet up with the group at the Tane Mahuta Carpark or Te Matua Ngahere Carpark. As you transfer to this special natural sanctuary, you’ll get an introduction to the protocols followed by visitors from your Maori guide.

When you arrive at Waipoua, you’ll likely be able to see the starry sky up above. These very same stars helped guide the Maori people across the ocean to New Zealand from their traditional homeland of ‘Hawaiki.’ Your walk through this sacred forest will take you past ancient trees that first grew from the ground long before these very first Maori legends.

Pay a visit to some Waipoua’s oldest ‘great ancestors’ including Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest), a tree believed to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old and spanning more than 15 feet (5 meters) in diameter. You’ll also marvel at ‘The Four Sisters,’ a collection of trees that grew and thrived living in close proximity, and see the giant Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest), which towers more than 150 feet (50 meters) above the forest floor. After enjoying this mystical experience, you’ll return to your original starting point.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Magical night under the stars in an amazing place

Cannot recommend this tour enough. Logistically, everything is easy. You buy your tickets online, show up at the parking lot and they take it from there. Keyanna (sorry if I'm butchering the spelling!) was our guide, and she was lovely. She's from the area, so...More

Thank 497lmrg
Reviewed 10 July 2018
Breathtaking experience

My partner and I booked in for a Twilight Encounter tour in late June, and after reading so many positive reviews, it was one of the things we were most looking forward to during our trip to New Zealand. When we turned up to the...More

Thank Georgia B
Reviewed 7 June 2018
An amazing experience

We were picked up from the hotel by a Maori guide and driven to the Waipoua Forest about 20 minutes away. Our guide then walked us through the forest while telling us something about the Maori culture. For most of the walk it was dark...More

Thank thewishyles
Reviewed 16 April 2018
Authentic Maori guided walk through magical Kauri trees and rain forest

We experienced a 3 hour guided walk with our Maori women guides during an evening in the Waipoua Forest reserve, which protects the oldest and largest Kauri trees in the world, along with other rain forest vegetation. The walk, which began in twilight and ended...More

3  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 9 April 2018
Cant really describe with words -

We drove 1 1/2 hours each way to do this trip and my husband was really not very happy about this amount of travelling at the end of a 5 week holiday but I had already booked so he gave in and we went. At...More

2  Thank Te W
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