Photographer's Note

Waipoua Forest, Upper North Island

Just over three hours drive north of Auckland on State Highway 12, between Aranga and Waimamaku, you will drive through Waipoua Forest

I’m sorry this t isn’t as sharp as I hoped, but the day was wet and the rain drizzled all the way as we drove up State Highway 12 and through the forest. The camera and I were also quite wet by now. Anyhow, enjoy the scene!

The drive gives you wonderful scenery of the beauty of the forest. It winds through magnificent stands of tall kauri, rimu and northern rata, and offers extensive views in a few places. I love driving north this way. There is so much to see, and the beauty of the trees, bushes, ferns, and mosses are so amazing.

Waipoua Forest’s 2,500 hectares is one of the best examples of kauri forest in New Zealand and it contains three quarters of New Zealand's remaining kauri trees. It is famous for having the two largest living kauris “Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere” , which are easily accessible.

The forest has the largest population of North Island brown kiwi in Northland, and a small population of kokako in the high plateau country.

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