The Insider's Guide to New Zealand
While in Kauri Country, it's easy to just pay Tāne a flying visit before continuing onwards. But stay awhile for a Footprints Waipoua tour, which will explain the spiritual and cultural significance to local Māori of these forests. Sometimes a tree is more than a tree, a path more than just a collection of footsteps. These places, trees and walkways are part of history; the players in legends. They're included in a more important story that has been protected and passed down through generations. Footprints Waipoua guides visitors through the Waipoua Forest during the day and, for an added mystical element, at night. Tours vary from 40 minutes (Tāne Māhuta) to four hours and depart from the Copthorne Hotel in Ōmāpere. 344 SH12, Ōmāpere.
(09) 405 8207, footprintswaipoua.co.nz