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Waipoua Forest - Tāne Mahuta Encounter

1 Day Tour


Tour Details

This tour is available until the end of March 2024 ,

From April 2024, r visiting both Kauri Museum and Waipoua Forest(Tane Mahuta and Te matua Ngahere) without Maori guide

The tour that visits Waipoua Forest departing from and returning to Auckland is exclusively offered by Navi!

The Waipoua Forest is one of you few places you can view New Zealand's giant Kauri trees, as many other regions have been recently closed to the public.

We make it a mission to educate all those in New Zealand to have an awareness of the importance of nature and conservation. Every person coming to Aotearoa deserves an opportunity to feel up close the energy residing in the only sizable remnant and reserve of Kauri trees. This educational tour is lead by a Māori guide who will share the songs and legends of the Waipoua forest.

Click here to download our educational information guide.

Tour Schedule

Setting out from Auckland by van, Meet your Maori guide at the Waipoua Forest. Stepping into our special world you will be walking under the same way that guided our ancestor Kupe from legendary Hawaiiki to New Zealand. On the paths of the forest we meet trees that were already giants before his arrival and that were standing before the birth of Christ.

You will experience the affinity that early Maori had with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they hold for the giants still growing there.  Learn of the rich bird life and other fauna that inhabits the forest and witness the transitions of life.

Your Maori guides will relate stories and legends of the forest, of its gods, and other spiritual inhabitants. They will greet the giant trees with spine-tingling waiata (sacred chants). You will learn how Maori used plants for medicinal purposes.

In the forest you will meet Te Matua Ngahere - 'The Father of the Forest'.  At between 2,500 and 3,000 years old he is the oldest known kauri tree in the world. Your guide will greet this giant as an old friend.  The highlight of the tour will be your meeting with 'The Lord of the Forest' - the giant Tane Mahuta! Your guide will formally greet the silent giant.

*Note: this tour requires a minimum of 3 adults to request Maori guide. We offer a 3 day Bay of Island tour with the option to go to the Giant Kauri tree and Glowworm tour (you can also book this tour by itself as a 1 day trip).

Trip Plan

Tour Length: 1 full day

Minimum Number: This tour requires a minimum of 3 Adults for Maori guide. (We can run this tour without Maori guide from 2 Adults. Also, please feel free to contact us to see if we have an availability for 1 person.)


08:00 - Leave Auckland
08:45 - Visit the Honey Centre
12:30 - Arrive at the Waipoua visitor center and have a picnic lunch.
13:00 - Meet the giant Kauri trees.  Local Maori* guide will take you into the Waipoua forest, and share their songs and legends. (*min of 3 adults)
14:30 - Leave the Waipoua Forest
18:00 - Arrive in Auckland

After April 2024

08:00 - Leave Auckland
10:00 - Visit Kauri museum in Matakohe
11:00 - Lunch at local cafe
13:00 - Meet the giant Kauri trees. You can enjoy the beauty of Tane mauta and Te Matua Ngahere
14:30 - Leave the Waipoua Forest
18:00 - Arrive in Auckland

Special Notes

  • Includes full round-trip transportation from Auckland.
  • You can select pick up/drop off points from following 5 hotels in central area. Pullman/ M social/ J W Mariott/ Cordis / Skycity
  • Picnic Lunch is included.
  • We offer both English and Japanese-speaking driver for our shuttle transport.

What to Bring:

For the most enjoyable experience, we recommend that you bring-

  • A camera!
  • Hiking boots
  • Lightweight jacket (in winter) or sun hat (in summer)
  • Water bottle

** This tour includes a picnic lunch at the Waipoua visitor center.

Tour Cost

The Navi Team works hard to bring you the best pricing anywhere! Let us know if you can find better pricing.

3 people minimum for this tour.(till end of March 2024)

After April 2024, 2 people minimum for this tour.( The tour price is change to $400.00 per adult)

 NZD / person
NZD / child 
under 11 years old

* The cancellation after your payment in case of Paypal , does  not apply for a refund of card fees ( 3% ) as per Paypal term      & conditions.

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Special Note for this Tour

All terms & conditions below apply as normal, with these differences;


  • A minimum of 2 adults must be attending the tour for the tour to take place.
  • Application for a tour must be made by phone, fax or e-mail no later than 5:00 PM of the day before the tour.
  • Your application may not be accepted if the tour is full, prior to your booking.

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  • Cancellation of tours is free if carried out by 5:00 PM, two working days before the tour.
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  • Cancellation of Hobbiton evening banquet tours will cost the full price of the tour if cancelled after 5:00 pm eight working days before the tour.
  • If you won't show up at the pick-up time even after 15 mins of the time, we have to start the tours without you.

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  • If there are two adults attending the tour, the cost of the tour written is the cost for one person.
  • If there are two adults attending the tour, children ( aged 5~11 ) will cost half of what is written.


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