Many of the Kauri are 4-500 years old and several meters in diameter at the base.
Standing among these gaurdians of the forest you’ll feel like you are stepping back in time way beyond when New Zealand was first populated!
Spend a bit of time here and soak up the aura and sense of majesty that these magnificent trees exude.
FYI, the largest diameter and oldest kauri tree still living in NZ is called Te Matua Ngahere or “Father of the Forst” . It has been standing in Waipoua Forest on the Kauri Coast for an estimated 2,000 years. Its vital stats are:
- Diameter: 5.22 metres (17 feet)
- Girth: 16.41 metres (54 feet)
- Trunk Height: 10.21 metres (33.5 feet) to first branch
- Volume: 208.1 cubic metres (7,346 cubic feet)
The Kauri tree with the largest volume of wood in New Zealand is called Tane Mahutu or “Lord of the Forest”. Awesome in size, approximately 1,250 years old, this tree is a wonderful sight. The Tane Mahuta is two-minute walk from State Highway 12 in Waipoua Forest on the Kauri Coast. Its vital stats are:
- Diameter: 4.38 metres (14.4 feet)
- Girth: 13.77 metres (45 feet)
- Trunk Height: 17.68 metres (58 feet) – to first branch
- Volume: 244.5 cubic metres (8.631 cubic feet)
When you feel you’re done with your Kauri forest experience, you can either back track to the Cape Brett track or carry on down this track for an hour or so, when you’ll come to the old whaling station at Whangamumu.