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The Waipoua Forest in Northland is home to the world's oldest and largest known Kauri trees. Tane Mahuta "Lord" or "God" of the forest has his roots in Maori legend and is the largest known kauri tree in the world and estimated to be 2,000 years old. Standing at over 51 metres high, it has a girth of nearly 14 metres.
Tane is only a 3 minute walk from the road, but stroll 20 minutes into this magnificent environment and you will discover the "Father" of the forest, Te Matua Ngahere - the oldest kauri in the world and estimated to have been growing since bronze age man 3,000 years ago! Words cannot describe the experience when you come face to face with this ancient unbelievable icon.
On the way there are also The Four Sisters believed to be around 500 years old and from a single seed generation, who happily co-habit whereas kauri normally fight for sole survival.
The amazing Kauri Coast route to the Bay of Islands offers so much of the unspoilt beauty New Zealand has to offer, that a 2-3 night stay is recommended. For the discerning traveller, the historic 5 star Waipoua Lodge is nestled on a ridge overlooking the vast Waipoua Forest.