Jim & Linda's 2011 New Zealand Adventures travel blog

After aa leisurely drive from Paihia we stopped here for lunch, Pretty little town on a bay that opens out onto the Tasman Sea. Lots of history here but we will continue on to Dargaville after the drive through the Waipoua Forest. This is where the largest Kauri tree is still standing. After a short walk on a wooden walkway you turn a corner and their is the most amazing site you can even imagine It was absolutely breathtaking, you would never imagine a tree this big. As we stood there we noticed that everyone was speechless when they first saw it. The tree is estimated to be 2000 - 2500 years old.

Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree. It is thought this tree was discovered and identified in the 1920’s when contracted surveyors surveyed the present State Highway 12 through the forest. In 1928 Nicholas Yakas and other Bushmen, which were building the road, also identified the big tree Tane Mahuta.

According to Maori mythology Tane is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother. Tane was the child that tore his parent’s parental embrace and once done set about clothing his mother in the forest we have here today. All living creatures of the forest are regarded as Tane’s children.


Trunk Girth 45'

Trunk Height 58'

Total Height 168'

Estimated Age 2000-2500 years

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