The Sacred Waipoua Forest

The Sacred Waipoua Forest

The Great sacred Kauri forest at Waipoua Forest in Northland New Zealand.

The Waipoua Forest is one of New Zealand's national living treasures and a jewel in the crown of Northland. This famous west coast kauri forest is renowned and respected for being the largest remaining tract of native growth in Northland. It is also home to some of the biggest and longest-living trees in the world, including the ancient and revered 'Te Matua Ngahere', the country's oldest tree, and 'Tane Mahuta'- New Zealand's largest living tree. This unique ecosystem hosts the direct descendants of the prehistoric forests of the supercontinent 'Gondwanaland' and the majestic kauri, kahikatea and southern beech trees all have a truly prehistoric lineage in common. Following human settlement roughly 1000 years ago, most of Northland’s great forests were burnt or felled by Maori and later European settlers for agriculture and the lucrative timber trade. Today, these precious kauri forests are protected and a number of enjoyable walking tracks allow visitors to appreciate its greatest assets, including a handful of kauri trees over 2000years old.  Appreciating the grandeur of these princely trees up-close promises to be one of the highlights of your visit to New Zealand.