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