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“billy boy”(29 reviews)
“maori culture”(30 reviews)
29, State Highway 12, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
+64 9-405 8207
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All reviews twilight encounter billy boy maori culture kauri trees new zealand magical experience twilight walk life changing his knowledge amazing tour great guide small group silver fern copthorne hotel amazing forest highly recommend this tour walking tour
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You get picked up at the Copthorne. Expected for the price some light snack due to time of day..6pm. pick up and 9.30 return. No mention of having to reserve a table for dinner on late return by hotel. Bus had no public address ..could...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Traveltone1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Footprints Waipua guides Poppa Bill and Kiani made our visit to the Waipua Forest a most memorable event during our short visit to New Zealand Bay of Islands. The cultural references and explanations put everything we saw and heard into perspective. Poppa Bill and Kiani...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of 8 who joined Kiani, our guide, with 7 others for an evening walk through the forest. From the start of the bus trip Kiani explained the insights of the Maori culture and history and as we walked along the peaceful...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Elizabeth J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the passion for the land and her heritage our guide showed during this walk. Learned so much about the Maori people and these giant trees. A must do!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Way2gotravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide Kiani was a wonderfully articulate ambassador for your Company with her reverence and native knowledge of the area. Kiani's hauntingly beautiful voice led us on a suprisingly spiritual and moving journey through our native forest. This was surely one of our highlights of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank kpeat2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Charlie our guide was brilliant, providing all the facts we required, together with songs & anecdotes to give it that extra ambience. First class, would thoroughly recommend.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank RogerH1000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the opportunity to tour the Waipoua Forest in a group off our cruise ship and we were fortunate to have Wiremu 'Bill' Mathews from Footprints, give us a guided tour of the forest and Tane Mahuta. He was absolutely great! Genuine and real,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have just experienced a magical, stunning, informative and spiritual twilight forest tour which we will remember forever. Our Maori guide Charlie shared his vast knowledge with pride and passion. He even sang for us. This is an experience not to be missed when visiting...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank LinleyBvO
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the first week of our tour of New Zealand's North Island we've heard a lot about the Kauri trees and how valuable they are. This twilight tour gave us an opportunity to learn more about them and get close to a few or the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank LXdaddy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our guide Merepaea made this a magical and simply unforgettable evening. It was a highlight of our New Zealand tour, and we would unhesitatingly recommend it.

Date of experience: January 2019
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woofles c
21 August 2018|
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Response from Brian M | Reviewed this property |
The walk is easy, but the talk may not be for very young children. I would say 8+ and it is worth it.
24 April 2016|
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Response from Jake F | Reviewed this property |
On our night tour, near the end, we were served a very warm tea. It was very good. But there is no food offered. And they would likely frown upon eating during the tour. Eat before.
lyn b
16 March 2015|
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Response from TaupoSheryll | Reviewed this property |
I presume you will be docking in Russell so would be quite a drive 1.5 hours each way I would think. Our tour only started at 6pm so that wouldn't work for you. You don't have to do a tour you could always hire a car and... More