DAY 2: Auckland – Matakohe – Waipoua Forest – Omapere, Hokianga (B, D)
We depart Auckland for Muriwai Beach on the West Coast where a short walk takes us to close up views of a gannet colony nesting on the cliffs. We continue north to the Matakohe Kauri Museum, dedicated to the mighty kauri tree.
North of Dargaville we enter the primeval forest of Waipoua. We accompany Footprints Waipoua, a group of young Maori dedicated to preserving the traditions and culture of Ngapuhi, the northern Maori tribe, to visit Tane Mahuta, the God of the forest, and gain a deeper understanding of this unique forest. This evening we dine at our hotel on the harbour edge.
Matakohe Kauri Museum is dedicated to the mighty native Kauri tree
Footprints Waipoua – walk with Maori guides to Tane Mahuta, the giant Kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest and hear their stories and legends