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Introduction

Take a 10 minute walk in the Waipoua Forest and visit a stand of four impressive kauri trees, known as the Four Sisters.

Track overview

350 m

Walking and tramping

10 min one way Easiest: Short walk
  • Kauri dieback

    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this track

Description

Four Sisters kauri trees. Photo: Tony Lilleby.
The Four Sisters kauri trees

The walk is a short, one-way loop that takes you through kauri and rimu vegetation to see the 'Four Sisters', an impressive stand of four tall and graceful kauri trees growing extremely close together.

A viewing platform encircles the trees and protects the habitat from any disturbance.

Getting there

The Four Sisters Walk is sign posted 'Kauri Walks' from State Highway 12, which runs through the Waipoua Forest.

From the car park, there is a track sign for the three walks available for recreational walking, the 'Four Sisters', 'Te Matua Ngahere' and the 'Yakas Kauri'. 

The track meanders through native bush bringing you to a central point from which you can access the three tracks. From here, the 'Four Sisters' track is well signposted and located on the right hand side of this open space.

Nature and conservation

It is very important that you keep to the walking track at all times. Kauri trees have very sensitive surface roots, and foot traffic around the tree endangers their life span.

Kauri trees occasionally create unusual growth forms. At times, the trunks of two, three, four, five and even six trees can grow joined together at the base of the trees. You can see similar growth in Trounson Kauri Park to the south.

Know before you go

  • Keep to the track at all times.
  • Security is maintained in this car park by a $2.00 donation during the day to the car park ambassador.
  • Nearest toilets are located at the Tane Mahuta carpark.
  • Dogs with a DOC permit for hunting / management purposes only.

Safety

  • In strong winds, please beware of falling branches.

Contacts

Te Tai Kauri / Kauri Coast Office
Phone:      +64 9 439 3450
Email:   dargaville@doc.govt.nz
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