Twilight Encounter

Twilight Encounter
From NZD $105.00
  • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: TES1415

Join our Maori guide on what Lonely Planet Code Green describes as an experience of a lifetime:  1 of 82 amazing journeys and life changing experiences

Setting out from Hokianga by coach, your Maori guide will brief you on the protocols for your visit to the mighty Waipoua Forest. Stepping into our special world you will be walking under the same stars that guided our ancestor Kupe from  legendary Hawaiiki to New Zealand. On the paths of the forest we meet trees that were already giants before his arrival and that were standing before the birth of Christ.

You will experience the affinity that early Maori had with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they hold for the giants still growing there. Learn of the rich bird life and other fauna that inhabits the forest and witness the transitions of life and the day turning into the night.

Your Maori guides will relate stories and legends of the forest, of its gods, and other spiritual inhabitants. They will greet the giant trees with spine-tingling waiata (sacred chants). You will learn how Maori used plants for medicinal purposes.

As night falls, the shyest creatures of the forest awaken and begin to go about their work. You may encounter insects like weta, nocturnal birds, eels,fresh-water lobsters or the magnificent but slightly chilling giant carnivorous 'kauri' snail. Deep in the forest among the towering trees and surrounded by the sounds
of the nocturnal creatures awakening, you will meet TeMatua Ngahere - 'TheFather of the Forest'. At between 2,500 and 3,000 years old he is the oldest known kauri tree in the world. Your guide will greet this giant as an

old friend.

The highlight of the tour will be your meeting with 'The Lord of the Forest' - the giant Tane Mahuta!
Your guide will formally greet the silent giant and then suddenly you stand dwarfed before his Lordship as the darkness closes in. His gnarled ancient limbs seem to grasp at the stars and the forest is silent but for the dim chatter of its night creatures.
At the conclusion of this unique encounter you will be returned to your accommodation in the Hokianga.


Duration: 4 hours

Departs from the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga
6.00pm October-March 

5.00pm April-October

Adult: $105.00

Rate will change from the 1st October 2018

Child (5-12): $45.00

Rate will change from the 1st October 2018

(not recommended for children under 5).
 Minimum number of guests: 2.

(Rates valid to 30 September 2019)

New rate will start from the 1st October 2018

Quotes posted on Trip


 "Majestic and mystic trees after

 "Breathtaking Experience"  "Free your soul"

 "An Evening to remember"  "The best tour in New Zealand"

and many