The drive on State Highway 12 provides a good introduction to 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.
Good walking tracks give easy access to the most spectacular attractions of the forest: the giant trees Tane Mahuta, Te Matua Ngahere and Yakas.
To appreciate the vastness of the forest, stop off at the historic Forest Lookout near the south side of the forest. A picnic area and toilets are available at Tane Mahuta.
View a map of Waipoua Forest tracks
Take a 10-minute walk in the Waipoua Forest and visit a stand of four impressive kauri trees, known as the Four Sisters.
This short track climbs through a stand of young kauri ‘rickers’ and offers scenic views of the Waipoua River.
The track connects the Waipoua Visitor Centre to the historic forestry lookout. The track traverses through a regenerating manuka and podocarp/hardwood forest.
Visit Tane Mahuta in the Waipoua Forest, New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree.
Take a 20-minute walk in Waipoua Forest to view the world’s second largest living kauri 'Te Matua Ngahere'.
You can see fine examples of toatoa (blue celery pine) and other podocarps on this short loop walk in Waipoua Forest.
Walk on a well-surfaced track to Cathedral Grove and then move on to experience the seventh largest kauri in Waipoua Forest, the 'Yakas' tree.
Visit Trounson Kauri Park
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide guided activities and tours in Waipoua Forest.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Northland places
Tips for driving on unsealed roads