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Te Matua Ngahere

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Business Type: Widest Kauri Tree

Overview

Known as the ‘Father of the Forest’ and standing at 29.9m tall – he has the widest girth of any tree in New Zealand.

Address: 6687 State Highway 12, Waipoua Kauri Forest, Northland, New Zealand Northland

Description

As the older of the two largest kauri trees – Te Matua Ngahere is estimated to exceed 2,000 years old.

Although not as tall as Tane Mahuta, Te Matua Ngahere is just as famous because it has a much bigger circumference of about fifty feet.

Known as the ‘Father of the Forest’ and standing at 29.9m tall – he has the widest girth of any tree in New Zealand.
Standing in Waipoua Forest north of Dargaville – a well maintained track with both metal and boardwalk surfaces leads you into the forest offering visitors an opportunity to experience a dynamic forest system.

The track is 20min one way and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs although assistance may be required in places.

From the car park – there are 3 walking tracks available so you may decide to explore the forest a bit further.

Locations

6687 State Highway 12, Waipoua Kauri Forest, Northland, New Zealand

The Te Matua Ngahere Walk is sign posted 'Kauri Walks' from State Highway 12, which runs through the Waipoua Forest.
Security is maintained in this car park by a $2.00 donation during the day to the car park ambassador.
From the car park, you will see a sign for the three walks 'Te Matua Ngahere', 'Four Sisters', and 'Yakas Kauri'.

A track meanders through native bush and brings you to a central point from which you can access the three walks. From here Te Matua Ngahere Walk is very well sign posted and located directly in the middle of this open space.

Photo Gallery

Te Matua Ngahere
  • This Kauri was planted in 1979.
  • Kiwi zone. No dogs!
  • Waipoua Forest.
  • Waipoua River Bridge.

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