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Address: 29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-405 8207
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Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide
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Billy Boy was our inspirational guide. He took us into the heart of the Waipoua Forest to view Tane Mahuta and the Four Sisters. Billy's knowledge of the forest, his respect for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Suzie B
Auckland Region, New Zealand

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was such a great experience as tamgatawhenua to hear our history being told and to have my son (11yo) with me. He loved hearing the stories and having the encounter with both beautiful living beings. Humbling to say the least. Thanks to our guide "BillyBoy" for making the experience very spiritual. Here's our picture

Thank ta0nga13
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Billy Boy was our inspirational guide. He took us into the heart of the Waipoua Forest to view Tane Mahuta and the Four Sisters. Billy's knowledge of the forest, his respect for his Maori culture and encouraging us to give a tree a Hongi are moments I will always remember. We did the evening trek and Billy would suddenly burst... More 

Thank Suzie B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed the Twilight Encounter experience! The view of the stately Kauri trees is something I'll bring with me all my life. Our guide, Merepaea, enriched the experience sharing with us her deep knowledge of the forest and the wonderful stories of Maori's mythology. Even if it was raining, it has been a perfect night for me!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing knowledge of the Maori beliefs really enhanced the sights of the kauri trees and the history of these 2000year old trees.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I are New Zealanders so we weren't sure about doing this trip, as we are able to do a lot ourselves without a tour or guide, but we are really pleased that we did this trip with Footprints Waipoua, and with our guide Billy Boy. To go into the forrest as it was getting dark, and being... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I can only echo all the other glowing comments. Husband could manage the walk despite having a bad knee. Merepaea easily moderated the group pace for him to keep up but also allowing plenty of time for everyone to get the photos they wanted. I particularly enjoyed learning about the biology of the Kauri.

Thank Karen1CUA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is more than a tour, an experience I can't think of anywhere in New Zealand you could get close to (I'm a Kiwi and have been all over NZ). You are the only ones in the forest, with the people who are the guardians of Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) and Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest),... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We visited Waipoua on a very wet Sunday for the evening tour. Our guide was Mere and she was amazing. The weather created a really authentic rain forest experience and the myths, legends and stories told were entertaining, informative and inspiring. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

Thank Kelly W
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I did this tour as part of a business trip. It was a great experience, made really special by the guides. They know the forest well and obviously respect and care for their environment. Seeing the ancient trees by the moon-and torchlight was a magical experience. Recommended.

Thank Rob C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Waipoua Forest is one of the best places I ever visited in New Zealand, it was breathtaking to see the largest trees in New Zealand and the world!! And the trip guide is a wonderful man and a nice singer!!

Thank Ali A

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