Story: Northland region

The father of the forest

The father of the forest

Remnant kauri forests in Northland contain some giant kauri trees, such as this one in Waipoua Forest. Called Te Matua Ngahere (‘the father of the forest’), it is the second-largest living kauri, measuring 29.9 metres tall, with a girth of 16.41 metres.

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland region - Natural environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 1 May 2015