Te Matua Ngahere
(Kauri Tree)

Te Matua Ngahere means "Father of the Forest". He is old, around 2,000 years old.  The tree with the biggest diametre,  5.2 metres and a girth of 16.4 metres.

Waipoua Forest

Between Aranga and Waimamaku, on highway 12, this forest contains three quarters of New Zealand's remaining kauri trees. Within the forest's 2,500 hectares, there are a number of walking and tramping tracks.

For more info about kauri trees go to 

Waipoua Forest Trust

This is Te Matua Ngahere
Father of the Forest

About Kauri:

Kauri (Agathis australis) is one of the world's largest trees. Native to Northern New Zealand, it produces an excellent quality of timber and also gum that can be used by industry.

The Kauri logging period of Northland started in the 1860s and reached it's zenith at the turn of the last century. The demand for building timber increased with the level of immigration and the gum trade was encouraged by a rise in prices from 1865.

The Kauri trade was instrumental in the development of Auckland but more so for the upper Northern provinces. Gum stores, sawmills, and logging ports became centres of settlement.

The admiration is big,  as big as the diameter of the tree.

Juan from Spain was just so fascinated !!

Wairere Boulders

Lobster time

Horse Trekking

Harbour Mouth

Wairere Boulders


Sunset over Hokianga River

Koutu Boulders

Mangungu Mission, Horeke

Wairere Boulders

Lobster time

Koutu Boulders