Forests

Ancient Iconic Kauri Trees – Waipoua Forest

Tane Mahuta

Tane Mahuta – Lord of the Forest

There is a very good reason why the Kauri Coast is called ‘ancient’ – it is home to trees which have been living for 2-3,000 years which unbelievably dates back to bronze age man! These iconic trees have really stood the test of time and today are mighty giants which have a special place in Maori culture and the hearts of all who visit.

Standing at over 4 metres in diameter, with a girth of 13.77 metres, a trunk height of 17.69 metres, a total height of 51.5 metres and with an estimated volume of 244.5 cubic metre, Tane Mahuta is the largest known Kauri tree in the world

Trounson Kauri Park.

DOC’s first mainland island in Northland, Trounson Kauri Park is a 586-hectare reserve featuring an impressive stand of kauri trees. It is home to several threatened species, such as North Island brown kiwi, kūkupa (New Zealand pigeon), pekapeka (bats) and kauri snails.

It also incorporates a magnificent dense stand of kauri that has long been recognised as one of the best examples in the country. Trounson Kauri Park has the highest-density of North Island brown kiwi populations in Northland, under threat from a northward-advancing ferret population.

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