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Waipoua Forest: Giants and Glow Worms Full Day Tour

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  • 8 hr

Journey into a unique part of New Zealand and explore - the Hokianga. First discovered over 1,000 years ago by Maori voyager Kupe, visit the Waipoua Forest this remote area offers the opportunity to see ancient Kauri trees in the Waipoua forest, stroll in the seaside towns of Opononi and Omapere and visit glowworm caves. After a fun-filled day tour you'll return to Paihia at 4pm.

Itinerary Details

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Pass By: Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours

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Pass By: Waipoua Forest

Drive past the vast West Coast of Northland

Stop At: Tane Mahuta Walk

Meet a national icon, the truly impressive Tāne Mahuta (the Lord of the Forest). The largest known kauri tree in the world aged up to 2,500 years old, his mighty girth is over 13 metres and he stands an impressive 51 metres (167 feet) high. Stand beneath this ancient giant and hear the legend of how he separated earth and sky at the beginning of the world. After your forest encounter, spend some time in the Hokianga town of Opononi before turning back towards Paihia along the old stagecoach route. This trail was first marked out by early Māori and then frequented by traders and merchants who transported supplies, kauri, gum and timber between the coasts.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Kawiti Caves

On your way back, stop at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves and discover one of Northland's best-kept secrets. These family-run caves will delight you with twinkling glowworms, amazing limestone rock formations including stalactites and stalagmites, all surrounded in lush green native forest.

Duration: 45 minutes