Northland region

Tane Mahuta. Photo: Juliette Pallies.

Tane Mahuta

Map showing Northland region.

Waipoua, and the adjoining forests of Mataraua and Waima, make up the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland.

The drive on SH12 winds through magnificent stands of tall kauri, rimu and northern rata, and offers extensive views in a few places.

Good walking tracks give easy access to the most spectacular attractions of the forest: the giant trees named Tane Mahuta, Te Matua Ngahere, Four Sisters, and the Yakas Tree, as well as the historic Waipoua Forest Lookout Tower.

Alert/Important notice

 Kauri dieback has been found at Waipoua forest.

Visit the Kauri dieback website to find out how you can help stop its spread.


Waipoua Forest lies on Northland’s west coast, between Dargaville and Omapere.

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Total fire ban

There is a total fire ban within the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, effective from 1 February 2015 until further notice.

Alerts for Northland places


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