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.
Kauri dieback has been found at Waipoua forest.
Visit the Kauri dieback website to find out how you can help stop its spread.
Waipoua is home to the kauri, one of the world's mightiest trees. The kauri forests were once exploited but are now protected.
Good walking tracks give easy access to the giant trees Tane Mahuta, Te Matua Ngahere and Yakas. A few tramping tracks and routes are also available for those who wish to venture deeper into the forest.
DOC no longer manages this campsite. The Waipoua campground and Waipoua Visitor Centre are now managed by Te Iwi O Te Roroa. For further information and bookings please call +64 9 439 6445.
How to get there. Please follow the guidelines to enjoy your stay and protect the environment at Waipoua Forest.
Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere are just two of the famous and ancient kauri in the Waipoua Forest. Watch the video to learn more about these trees that can live for over four thousand years.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Waipoua Forest.
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