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Te Matua Ngāhere Walk


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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.

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 


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