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At Footprints of Waipoua we believe in the life changing force of the magnificent Kauri of the Waipoua forest.

To see them is to be left awestruck. Combine that with our intimate tours, showcasing how these taonga are intertwined with the lives of local Māori, mythology and the important role they play in the forest eco-system – and we believe we have the makings of a ‘life changing’ event.

Our local guides take you through nature's stages of evolution. Providing a mythological and interactive interpretation of life in the forest, with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world.

Working with Te Roroa iwi, we strive to address the challenges the Waipoua forest faces now and in the future. Relationship building and kaitiakitanga are integral to the way we operate.

From local insights, history and mythology to ecological importance as well as their magnificent presence – the Kauri of Waipoua forest are a taonga (treasure) for all of Aotearoa to discover.

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Waipoua Forest: Twilight Encounter -
Maori Cultural Eco Night Tour

Our Most Popular Package

Experience the affinity that Maori have with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they have for these sentinels who have stood silently witnessing the passing of time. Your guide will share thought-provoking information, humorous banter, stories and legends before respectfully greeting the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world with spine-tingling chants and song. 

Tour Overview

  • 4 hours

  • Depart 6pm in October-March / 5pm in April-October

  • Witness forest transition from day to night

  • Meet the oldest and largest Kauri trees in the world.

  • Giant trees include ​Te Matua Ngāhere & Tane Mahuta

  • Minimum 2 guests


For small groups or individuals enjoy your own personal guide and day or night experience of between one hour and up to 5 hours of the wondrous Waipoua Forest.


Footprints Waipoua are able to provide full coach tour options for any special groups. We have experience in catering to the cruise ship markets, educational groups and independent travel group markets.

  • ACTIVITIES:  Footprints Waipoua are able to offer unique guided forest tour options.

  • MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION:  Footprints Waipoua are able to provide meals at one of our many associates' locations, along with luxury accommodation to suit all requirements.


Footprints Waipoua delivers in association with the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga a cultural component for conference groups incorporating the many stunningly beautiful natural environments that encompass the area, the Waipoua Forest being a compulsory component.


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