Te Matua Ngāhere. © itravelNZ® Creative Commons

Te Matua Ngāhere Walk

Kauri Walks, Waipōua Kauri Forest
View the map


Take a 20-minute walk through the beautiful native bush in Waipōua Forest to view the world’s second largest living kauri Te Matua Ngāhere.

About the walk

How long will it take? It's a 730m 20-minute one-way walk suitable for wheelchairs, buggies and people of any age.

A 20-minute walk leads you to Te Matua Ngāhere (Father of the Forest) – the second largest living kauri tree in New Zealand.

You can admire the tree on a viewing platform without damaging its sensitive root systems.

So I found this tree. It's kind of big. 17 feet wide kind of big.

A post shared by Jacob Byers (@byers9612) on Apr 10, 2017 at 1:39pm PDT

Te Matua Ngāhere Walk is signposted 'Kauri Walks' from SH 12, which runs through the Waipōua Forest. From the car park, you will see a sign for three walks: Te Matua Ngāhere, Four Sisters and Yakas Kauri.

Te Matua Ngāhere is noted as being the oldest out of the two largest living kauri trees and is estimated to exceed 2,000 years.

He was discovered by Nicholas Yakas in 1928 when he and other men were working to build the road that is now known as SH 12.


  • Trunk girth: 16.41m
  • Trunk height: 10.21m
  • Total height: 29.9m
  • Trunk volume: 208.1m³ 


Wanting to go back🙄💓 Thanx for the trip @scuba_sam_nz

A post shared by Tati (@tati_beaulieu) on Oct 16, 2016 at 3:57pm PDT

Explore more...

Be the first to comment on this page. You cannot post comments until you have logged in. Please log in or register if you don't have an account.

More stories like this

Find out more

Things to do

Yakas Walk

Walk on a well-surfaced track to Cathedral Grove and then move on to experience the seventh largest kauri in the lush Waipōua Forest, the 'Yakas' tree. Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Things to do

Four Sisters Walk

Walk through kauri and rimu in beautiful native forest to four tall kauri trees growing extremely close together – the famous four sisters.  Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Things to do

Tāne Mahuta Walk

Visit the famous Tāne Mahuta, Lord of the Forest – New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree, located in the Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Natural attractions

Waipōua Forest

There are just glimpses left of what New Zealand would have looked like before the coming of the axe and the crosscut-saw. But you can get a sense of it in the Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

Where to stay in Kauri Coast District

5.0 /5
From $120
5.0 /5
Palm House B&B & Cottage

Beside the water on the Kaipara Harbour at Pahi, near Paparoa and Matakohe - Welcome to Palm House B&B Enjoy your stay in this renovated . . . More . . . 

From $120
Kauri Coast TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Peaceful parkland paradise. Surrounded by native bush with river boundary. Tent and power sites, standard, kitchen and ensuite cabins, self-contained units, park motel, park studio. . . . More . . . 

Kai Iwi Lakes Campground Visit website

Come stay and play at Kai Iwi Lakes, Taharoa Domain, one of NZ's best holiday spots. Only 3hrs from Auckland, 35km from Dargaville, nestled amongst . . . More . . . 

4.1 /5
4.1 /5
Motel Hobson's Choice Visit website

The only choice for the best quality accommodation on the Kauri Coast.With 21 refurbished and serviced units, Motel Hobson's Choice offers weary travellers a warm . . . More . . .