Journey back to an era of horse ‘n’ cart, a time when kauri logging and gum digging were the main industries, and the region was being settled by missionaries and the first Europeans. From Paihia to Hokianga you travel the path of many before you, along the old stagecoach route, a trail originally marked out by early Maori and then frequented by traders and merchants who transported supplies, kauri, gum and timber between the coasts during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Uncover 2.8 million year old geological rock formations as you wind along the walkways of the unique Wairere Boulder Valley. View thousands of massive basalt boulders, some over 30m high.
Through the stories and culture of your local Maori guide, we take you back to the days of Kupe, believed to be the first voyager and Maori to discover New Zealand over 1,000 years ago. Gain a unique and in-depth understanding of the many myths and legends of the local hapu (sub-tribe).
The WaipouaKauriForest provides a natural stage for an unforgettable encounter with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. Meet a national icon, the mighty Tane Mahuta (the Lord of the Forest), the largest known kauri tree in the world. Estimated to be 2,000 years old his mighty girth is over 13 metres and he stands an impressive 51 metres tall.
Please bring warm clothes and appropriate footware. There will be the opportunity to swim at the Copthorne Hotel pool – bring swimwear & a towel if you wish to swim
The Best Bits
- Follow the original stagecoach trail
- Visit the Wairere boulders
- Stops made for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (at your own expense)
- Meet Tane Mahuta, a 51 metre tall kauri tree, estimated to be 2,000 years old
- Learn the history & culture of the region
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