Bush walks | Hikoi Ngahere

A DAY ON A WHISPERING TRAIL

 

A personal guided tour combining, a Kauri forest walk in Waipoua forest and coastal walk gathering shell fish or dragging a net in the Hokianga Habour.   

 

The Waipoua forest is the largest Kauri forest in Aotearoa (New Zealand) situated on the west coast of Northland.  Visit the largest known Kauri tree in the world named after the Māori god of the forest, Tane Mahuta and the second largest and oldest living Kauri, Te Matua Ngāhere (Father of the forest). Learn about native flora, fauna and wildlife unique to this area. 

 

Hokianga Harbour is one of the oldest Māori settlements in Aotearoa. We will share our history, stories and memories of our home with you. Enjoy foraging and gathering local shellfish, pipi, cockle and sometimes rock oysters and mussel (season pending). Learning about traditional fishing and gathering methods still used today and important in preserving our natural resources for future generations. 

 

We break the day up with a stop at a local café for a hot drink. This allows you to take in the first part of the journey and prepare for the next. The order of activities are pending tide times.

 

Duration: 7 hours

Season: All year around

Minimum people per booking: 1

Maximum people per booking: 6

Price: $350.00 per adult

          $150.00 per child (5-16yrs)

          (under 5 free accompanied by paying adult)

 

We provide a home made packed lunch, snacks and bottled water. Please advise of any food allergies.

 

Please bring along with you:

- Appropriate clothing and footwear

- Sunscreen, hat and insect repellent

- An appetite

 

Departs from our home in Whirinaki or free local pick up at 8.30am.

This walk requires a low – medium fitness level.

 

SACRED PILLARS 

 

A guided bush walk into the Waima Forest Ranges, learning, foraging and sampling some treats from Papatuanuku (Mother Earth).  Learn about pest control management projects set in place and how you can play your part.

Relax and enjoy lunch at what seems like the top of the world. Looking across to the highest point in Northland known as Te Raupua. Enjoy magnificent views looking down to the valleys below stretching north to Mangamuka and west to Maunganui Bluff. Hear the history and stories of our local people and these beautiful landscapes.

Before we make our way back we explain the sacred mountains or pillars that make our tribal house, Te Whare tapu O Ngāpuhi (The sacred house of Ngāpuhi)

 

A highlight of this experience is viewing a rare tree known to the local people as, Turoa Onamata or Ackama nubicola.

Duration: 6 hours

Season: Spring / Summer only

 

Minimum people per booking: 2

Maximum people per booking: 4

Price: $260.00 per adult

          $90.00 per child (10-16yrs)

(not recommended for children under 10)

 

Please bring along with you:

 

- Appropriate clothing and footwear

- Sunscreen, hat and insect repellent

 

This is a full day mountain / bush walk that requires a medium to high fitness level and a home made packed lunch is included.  Access to the track is from Mountain Road, off State Highway 12, Opononi.  We offer free pick up from local accommodation. Please confirm upon booking.