The Lord of the Forest (Tane Mahuta) and the Father of the Forest (Te Matua Ngahere), two of the world’s largest living kauri trees are both found amongst the magnificent trees in Waipoua Forest on the North Island of New Zealand.
Tane Mahuta – Lord of the Forest
New Zealand’s Kauri Forest
My niece is visiting and we took her up North for a week. Our itinerary took us in a loop over the top of the North Island. Tane Mahuta is on the West coast on our way back down from the top. Look closely and see if you can spot her in the bush near the base of the huge tree called Tane Mahuta – Lord of the Forest. She is wearing an orange shirt.
Look closely at the photos and see if you can spot my niece in the bush near the base of Tane Mahuta – Lord of the Forest. She is wearing an orange shirt.
Here is some history and legend information on the Lord of the Forest (Tane Mahuta):
More great trees we saw in the Waipoua Forest (New Zealand’s Kauri Forest):
All photos ©Rhonda Albom 2013. All rights reserved.
Travel Tips: Getting to the Waipoua Forest
On the west coast of the North Island, the Waipoua Forest is about a three-hour drive North West of Auckland. We use the Lonely Planet New Zealand to guide us.
If driving from Auckland city directly, cross the Harbour Bridge and travel north on SH 1 to State Highway 12. Take SH12 to Waipoua Settlement Rd in Northland. Continue on Waipoua Settlement Rd. Take Katui Rd and Waipoua River Rd to Forestry Rd in Waipoua Kauri Forest.
There is also a large Kauri Tree (not nearly as large as these) in Warkworth. It is only an hour from Auckland.