Four Sisters Walk

Track category

Short walk


10 min one way


350 m


Four Sisters kauri trees. Photo: Tony Lilleby.
The Four Sisters kauri trees

The walk is a short, one-way loop that takes you through kauri and rimu vegetation to see the 'Four Sisters', an impressive stand of four tall and graceful kauri trees growing extremely close together.

A viewing platform encircles the trees and protects the habitat from any disturbance.

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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.

Kauri trees occasionally create unusual growth forms. At times, the trunks of two, three, four, five and even six trees can grow joined together at the base of the trees. You can see similar growth in Trounson Kauri Park to the south.

Getting there

The Four Sisters Walk is sign posted 'Kauri Walks' from State Highway 12, which runs through the Waipoua Forest.

Security is maintained in this car park by a $2.00 donation during the day to the car park ambassador.

From the car park, there is a track sign for the three walks available for recreational walking, the 'Four Sisters', 'Te Matua Ngahere' and the 'Yakas Kauri'. 

The track meanders through native bush bringing you to a central point from which you can access the three tracks. From here, the 'Four Sisters' track is well signposted and located on the right hand side of this open space.

Plan and prepare

Help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.


  • In strong winds, please beware of falling branches.


  • There is no general store, petrol station or supermarket in Waipoua Forest.
  • Nearest petrol station is 28 km south at Kaihu, and 20 km north at Waimamaku
  • Nearest toilets are located at the Tane Mahuta carpark.
  • No domestic pets are allowed on this track.
  • Hunting by permit only. You can get a permit free of charge from the Kauri Coast Office.
    Te Tai Kauri / Kauri Coast Office
    Phone:      +64 9 439 3450
    Full office details

Track location map

Map of Waipoua Forest.


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Trounson Kauri Park

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Stop the spread of didymo
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all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.


Total fire ban

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

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code

1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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

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