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Footprints Waipoua

Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
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Experience a mystical journey through the sacred forests of New Zealand’s Maori people during this 4-hour evening forest walk in Waipoua with an indigenous guide. Walk beneath the giant Kauri trees of this forest sanctuary, including the majestic ‘Te Matua Ngahere’ tree, absorbing the site’s spiritual energy as you learn about the site’s significance to Maori beliefs.
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Kathleen M wrote a review 4 Aug
Huntington Beach, California5 contributions1 helpful vote
Billy Boy was our guide for a tour of the Waipoua Forest. He made the ordinary into the extraordinary with his extensive knowledge of lore and history of the Māori culture. He has a great singing voice and weaves a great tale. Highly recommend an outing with him.
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Response from Footprints W, Front Office Manager at Footprints Waipoua
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review. We really appreciate our visitors taking the time to make comments. Billy Boy is one of our Lead Guides who continues to weave his magic.
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Martin T wrote a review Jul 2022
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Fantastic experience and thoroughly recommended. Family trip with kids now 20 and 16yrs. Billy was very knowledgeable and kind and helpful, he really made it a special trip (very good singing voice too!) We learnt loads, not just about Kauri, but all types of tress and plants (and history). We really like having an earlier start (1530 from Omapere) which allowed us to experience sunlight in the forest (and chance to identify lots of other trees and plants but then also to enjoy the forest in the dark as well Thanks for the memories!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Liam wrote a review May 2022
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Absolutely wonderful, personal and meaningful experience to be guided through this historical forest on the twilight tour. I felt so connected and grounded with nature and the forest is such a different place during this time. Our guides were so welcoming charismatic and informative. Was a very special walk through a deeply cultural and spiritual place. A must for everyone.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Anne Gossler wrote a review May 2022
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We probably just had the most amazing evening on our New Zealand trip. What an amazing experience, our guides Billy Boy and Merepaea managed to give us an incredible insight to the Māori culture and what nature and the Waipoua Forest means to them. I don’t think you can leave the Hokianga without having had this experience! Thanks again, you did leave us speechless.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Rosie M wrote a review Mar 2022
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Can't recommend this tour enough! Our guide Merepaea was fantastic; so welcoming, knowledgeable and informative. Standing under Tane Mahuta and hearing Merepaea talk about the cultural significance of the area and the relationship between humans and the land was so powerful. I even shed a tear! We were fortunate enough to be the only people on our tour which made it all the more special. So worth the long drive to the west coast and every bit of the cost (which goes back into conservation of the forest and kauri dieback prevention work). A must do :)
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Date of experience: March 2022
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