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Address: 29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
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Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide
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Twilight Encounter

This evening trip takes you into the Waipoua forest with a small group, ours was 8 people and a Maori guide. Our guide was Merepaea and her talk varied from the ancient Maori... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This evening trip takes you into the Waipoua forest with a small group, ours was 8 people and a Maori guide. Our guide was Merepaea and her talk varied from the ancient Maori traditions to the modern uses for some of the plants and trees. The main focus of the evening though is the mighty Kauri trees and their place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Would highly recommend, whilst seeing the trees and spending time in the forest would be amazing by itself this adds so much more. We did the evening tour it was good to have in introduction to understand the significance of the area and forest to the Maori people and the mythology associated with the trees and nature. our guide was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's impressive enough just to see the Kauri Forest, but our inspirational guide, Merepaea, provided us with context so we could better understand the significance of these giant trees to the creation stories of the Maori culture. The trees, some of which are more than 2000 years old, are ecosystems unto themselves, hosting over 40 other species. In fact, one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the ideal place to see the giant kauri trees of New Zealand. This was an evening tour starting at the Copthorne Hotel in Omapere and then travelling by mini bus into the forest with our Maori guide Billy Boy Thompson who was very informative, friendly and often amusing. He gave the Maori perspective of the kauri forest and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A genuine experience hosted by two people truly passionate about the Kauri trees and the Maori heritage and the inextricable link between the two. While you could do this walk alone and see the same things, you would miss the deep historical and cultural knowledge and passion that Billy Boy imparts. After his trip we have a deep appreciate of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The perfect evening to end our NZ holiday! A spiritual insight into the Maori culture with a beautiful guide walking amongst ancient living and breathing trees was a holiday highlight of the North Island! To quietly stand in front of a 3,500 year old indigenous tree was incredible!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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 18 November 2016 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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