Waipoua Forest

Wednesday 10th December

Coopers Beach

Coopers Beach

 

We woke to a beautiful morning in Doubtless Bay.  After a walk along the beach we headed off on a long drive.  Our aim was to reach the Coromandel Peninsula by the end of the day.  However we did really want to see The Lord of the Forest – a giant Kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest on the west coast.  We were certainly not disappointed.  What a magnificent tree.  We just had to sit and gaze a while at this amazing site.  There were quite a few other Kauri trees in the same area.   They are truly ancient – this one is called Tane Mahuta and is about 2000 years old.  It is about 50 mts in height and has a trunk girth of 14 mts.

Waipoua Forest

Waipoua Forest

Tane Mahuta

Tane Mahuta