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Visit Tane Mahuta in the Waipoua Forest, New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree.


Track overview

166 m

Walking and tramping

5 min one way Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only.

  • Kauri dieback

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    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.
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About this track


Tane Mahuta. Photo: Les Molloy.
Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest living kauri

This short walk leads you under cooling shade of the forest canopy to the majestic Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest living kauri tree.

Not far into the walk, a sweeping corner of the track suddenly brings you face to face with the ‘Lord of the Forest’. When you catch your first breath-taking view of this magnificent tree, you'll feel compelled to pause for a while. You can almost feel Tane Mahuta’s strength and ancient presence, and its overwhelming size makes visitors look like dwarfs. 

There is a wooden fence and a seat to view the tree. To get a broader view of Tane Mahuta, you can move further along the track, which then leads to another viewing platform.

Getting there

The Tane Mahuta Walk is sign posted from State Highway 12, which runs through the Waipoua Forest. The southern township of Dargaville is 65 km away and the northern township of Omapere is 18 km.

The road widens at the Tane Mahuta car park to accommodate visitor vehicles. There is a picnic area, and toilets located 25 m back from the car park on the opposite side of the road from the track entrance.

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.

About Tane Mahuta

Tane Mahuta ('Lord of the Forest') is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree. It is thought this tree was discovered and identified in the 1920s when contracted surveyors surveyed the present State Highway 12 through the forest. In 1928, Nicholas Yakas and other bushmen, who were building the road, also identified the big tree Tane Mahuta.

According to Maori mythology Tane is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother. Tane was the child that tore his parents' parental embrace and once done set about clothing his mother in the forest we have here today.  All living creatures of the forest are regarded as Tane’s children.


  • Trunk girth: 13.77 m
  • Trunk height: 17.68 m
  • Total height: 51.2 m
  • Trunk volume: 244.5 m³

Know before you go

Keep to the track at all times.


In strong winds, beware of falling branches.


Te Tai Kauri / Kauri Coast Office
Phone:      +64 9 439 3450
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