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Hokianga: Twilight Forest Encounter

Product ID: 220257
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Join this acclaimed night tour to the Waipoua Forest for the experience of a lifetime. Stand in awe before the silhouettes of the world’s oldest and largest Kauri trees and participate in a unique cultural experience.
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Duration: 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Maori

Pickup included

Tour Departure Times: Low Season (1st April to 30 Sept. - 5.00pm) / High Season (1st Oct. to 31st March). Coach provided. Our Footprints Waipoua guide will collect you from your accommodation 30 minutes prior to tour departure time. All tours depart from the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga, Omapere. If you select Tane Mahuta carpark please Meet our guide 30 minutes after the tour departure time from the Copthorne Hotel - Low Season (5.30pm) / High Season (6.30pm).

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  • Meet the oldest known Kauri tree in the world, Te Matua Ngahere, 'Father of the Forest)
  • Experience the affinity and deep spiritual respect that Māori have for the forest
  • See intriguing indigenous wildlife
Full description
Setting out from Hokianga by bus, your Maori guide will brief you on the protocols for your visit to the mighty Waipoua Forest. Stepping into this special world, you will be walking under the same stars that guided the mythical Kupe from Hawaiiki to New Zealand. On the forest path, you will meet trees that were already giants before his arrival and that were standing before the birth of Christ.

Experience the affinity that early Maori had with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they still hold for the giants growing there. Learn about the rich bird life and other fauna that inhabit the forest and witness the transition between day and night in this special place. Your guide will relate stories and legends of the forest, of it's gods, and other spiritual inhabitants. They will greet the giant trees with spine-tingling waiata (sacred chant). You will also learn how Maori used plants for medicinal purposes.

As night falls, the shyest creatures of the forest awaken and begin to go about their work. You may encounter insects like Weta, nocturnal birds or the magnificent, but slightly chilling Giant Carnivorous Snail. Deep in the forest, among the towering trees and surrounded by the sound of the nocturnal creatures awakening, you will meet Te Matua Ngahere, 'The Father of the Forest'. The highlight of the tour will be when you meet '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. His gnarled ancient limbs seem to grasp at the stars and the forest is silent but for the dim chatter of its night creatures.

At the conclusion of this unique encounter, you will be returned to your pick-up location.
  • Pick-up and drop-off
  • Torches
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Meals are not served on this tour. However, a dinner option is available at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga to have on your return. Just ask at Reception for the Footprints Waipoua Menu and pre-select your order. Your meal will be ready for you minutes after you return from the tour. These are not included in the cost of the tour.
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
Know before you go
• Filming is not permitted on this tour.
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Footprints Waipoua

Product ID: 220257