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Imagen 3.5-Hour Waipoua Forest Daylight Walk from Omapere

3.5-Hour Waipoua Forest Daylight Walk from Omapere

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A Footprints Waipoua experience is 1 of 2 NZ and 82 Global Experiences of a Lifetime. Mix a local Maori storyteller, a willingness to share, the singing of songs and giant kauri trees who have silently stood witnessing the passing of time and you've got yourself an experience of a lifetime. ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: on Northland's west coast, between Dargaville and Omapere, Waipoua Forest New ZealandJoin a friendly local Māori guide for your journey to the rich eco-system otherwise known as the Waipoua Forest. This 20,000-acre environment is the largest remaining stand of kauri in New Zealand and home to the oldest and largest known kauri sentinels in the world. The 20-minute journey from Omapere is a chance to be informed, engaged and prepared for an unforgettable encounter with remarkable creations fashioned by Mother Nature.As we enter the forest you step into a special world; a world of giants that have stood silently witnessing the centuries and the many feats of the human race. Your tour will start with a karakia (prayer) seeking permission from Tāne Mahuta (the Māori God of the Forest) to enter his domain and to ensure that a safe and enjoyable experience is endured. Very quickly it will become obvious that Māori have a very special spiritual connection with the environment. The easy walking tracks softly wind through an evergreen maze of unique flora. You will enjoy intermittent stops to connect with thought provoking information, stories and legends. You will learn about the indigenous use of plants and be amazed at the life cycle of a kauri giant. The seed to giant process is something that you have to see to believe. The first feature marked by a sign that we visit is the graceful collection of four mature kauri; befittingly called the Four Sisters. They have defied all the odds and continue to grow in close sibling harmony. It’s time to make our way a little further down

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Imagen Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide

Waipoua Forest Evening Walk with Local Guide

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4 hours

Join this 4-hour evening tour for an intimate encounter to learn how these trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest. Experience a journey of ancient times set in the realms of Maori ancestors.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: on Northland's west coast, between Dargaville and Omapere, Waipoua Forest New ZealandSetting out from Omapere by coach, the 20 minute journey is the perfect opportunity for your local Māori guide to connect you with your fellow passengers and brief you on the protocols for your visit to the largest remaining stand of kauri in New Zealand, the mighty Waipoua Forest.Before stepping into the domain of Tāne Mahuta (the god of the forest) your guide will conduct a brief karakia (prayer) ensuring that the evening is both enjoyable and safe. On the gentle paths that slowly wind their way through this ancient theatre you will come face to face with giant kauri trees that superseded both the arrival of Kupe, NZ’s first discoverer a thousand years earlier and the birth of Jesus Christ.Experience the affinity that Māori have with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they have for these sentinels who have stood silently witnessing the passing of time. Your guide will share thought-provoking information, humorous banter, stories and legends before respectfully greeting the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world with spine-tingling chants and song. Witness the day transition to night and by default let your senses become hauntingly enhanced.You will learn how Māori used plants for medicinal purposes and the lifecycle of a giant. The seed to mature tree journey is a curious process of luck and tenacity. As the sun sets the nocturnal creatures begin to go about their work. Should the gods look favorably down upon us you may encounter insects like weta, our two nocturnal birds (the

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