Tāne Mahuta

God of the Forest

This giant kauri tree which stands in the Waipoua Forest of New Zealand is one of the oldest and largest living kauri tree in the world and steeped in Maori history.

Tāne Mahuta also called ‘God of the Forest’ is a giant kauri tree named for the Māori god of forests and of birds. Tāne Mahuta is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree and is located in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region of New Zealand.

The legendary Tāne Mahuta is a remnant of the ancient subtropical rainforest that once grew on the north Auckland Peninsula. It is estimated to be between 2,300 and 2,500 years old and measures about 13.77 metres (45ft) in girth (around) and stands about 51.2 metres (168ft) tall.

Take a nature walk in the Waipoua Forest and there is a wooden fence and a seat to view the tree. To get a broader view of Tāne Mahuta, walk further along the track, which leads to another viewing platform.

Another significant tree in Waipoua Forest is ‘Te Matua Ngahere’ – ‘Father of the Forest’. It is the second largest living kauri tree in New Zealand, estimated to be over 2,000 years.

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Tāne Mahuta
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Waipoua Forest


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