FOOTPRINTS

WAIPOUA

WALKING TREKS, GUIDED TOURS, MAORI CULTURE, KIWIANA, CHILDREN FRIENDLY

PHONE: 09 405 8207

LOCATION: 334 STATE HIGHWAY 12, OMAPERE

Join us at Footprints Waipoua for an intimate encounter to learn how these trees are intertwined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system of the Waipoua Forest.

Our local guides take you on a memorable journey through nature's stages of evolution, whilst providing a mythological and interactive interpretation of life in the forest with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world.
Local Maori guides share the stories their ancestors taught them as children. Capturing the legends of the Atua (forest gods), the waiata (songs), the rongoa (medicine) and their magic.

Footprints Waipoua acknowledge TE ROROA the iwi and kaitiaki of this great taonga (treasure). We continue to work with Te Roroa as we address the challenges the Waipoua forest faces now and in the future.

Our Ancestors
Meet our ancestors; the mighty Te Matua Ngahere ('The Father of the Forest') estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old, his mighty girth of 16 metres diameter. 'The Four Sisters' are a graceful collection of kauri trees that have grown close together in sibling harmony and finally, Tane Mahuta ('The Lord of the Forest') who stands an impressive 51 metres (150ft) tall.

About the Kauri
Kauri trees occasionally create unusual growth forms. At times, the trunks of two, three, four, five and even six trees can grow joined together at the base of the trees. In the Waipoua Forest Conservation Estate is a group of trees known as the Four Sisters. You will see four Kauri trees, with evenly spaced slender trunks, arising from a large mound of pukahukahu. A similar growth can be seen in Trounson Kauri Park to the south.

Good walking tracks give easy access to the most spectacular attractions of the forest: the giant trees Tane Mahuta, Te Matua Ngahere and Yakas. A few tramping tracks and routes are also available for those who wish to venture deeper into the forest, especially in the high plateau and ranges.

South Hokianga holds a significant place in Maori history, including South Head and Kupe's Landing.