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  • 3.5 Hour Daylight Encounter
  • Mighty Waipoua Forest
  • Legends of the forest
  • Waiata (sacred chants)
  • Life changing experience!
  • 'The Lord of the Forest' Tane Mahuta!

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Explore the historic Waipoua Forest with a guided Daylight Encounter led by a local, Maori guide to learn about the ancient forest and the Tane Mahuta. For 3.5 hours you'll venture deep into the forest to discover the traditional Maori's connection to the area and the spiritual respect they have for the giants that are still growing in the forest. The Waipoua Forest is alive with an abundance of flora and fauna including various bird species and the giant, ancient kauri trees.

Meeting Te Matua Ngahere, or The Father of the Forest as he is known, is an experience unlike any other and one of the highlights of the tour. Believed to be the oldest kauri tree in the world, it is between 2,500 and 3000 years old and will be greeted by your guide as an old friend. Another highlight is seeing The Lord of the Forest; Tane Mahuta. Believed to be between 1,000 and 2,500 years old, though not as old, Tane Mahuta is said to be the largest kauri tree in existence.

This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 5 years as it requires a significant amount of walking. Tours depart daily at 1pm from the Copthorne Hotel and Resort in Hokianga and requires a minimum of two people to operate. This is a great way to explore this ancient, famous forest - be sure to book your spot online to avoid missing out!

Inclusions

  • 3.5 Hour tour of Waipoua Forest

Highlights

  • 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)
  • Learn how Maori used plants for medicinal purposes
  • Meet with 'The Lord of the Forest' - the giant Tane Mahuta!
  • Your guide will formally greet the silent giant and then suddenly you stand dwarfed before his Lordship as the darkness closes in

Time

  • Tour departs daily at 1pm
  • Departs from the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga, State Highway 12, Hokianga Northland

Hotel Pickup

If you have booked a hotel

  • Prior to completing your purchase, enter your hotel name in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you have not yet booked a hotel

  • If you have not yet booked a hotel, enter the words 'hotel not known' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you do not require a hotel pick up

  • If you do not require a hotel pick up and will be meeting the tour at the tour departure point, enter the words 'not required' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your tour. Tour departure point is listed above and on your confirmation tour voucher

Additional Information

  • Pick up from accommodation within the area is approximately 15 minutes before departure. This would vary depending on whether it was daylight savings or not
  • Tour is not recommended for children under 5

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
Need help with your booking? Contact Us enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: 27E3

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