The Kauri Coast is the home of the biggest Kauri trees in New Zealand, this is one of the most ancient tree species left in the world and in the mystical Waipoua Forest you can feel like Frodo when you walk towards the 2000 year old giants. Feel the presence of Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest) and Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest), the two largest trees who were once only allowed to be approached by Maori priests. Make a detour to Trounson Kauri Park where you can almost be guaranteed to hear or see a Kiwi when you take a night walk with a ranger. Visit the largest NZ freshwater Kai Iwi dune lakes where locals go to waterski. Take a detour and experience Ripiro Beach, the longest driveable beach in NZ, with 110 kms of beach driving. After some rural atmosphere in Dargaville drive south along the Kaipara Harbour, the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, to the Kauri Museum in Matakohe which tells the story of the Kauri gum diggers and the logging industry.