<< Previous Next >>

Waipoua Forest

Waipoua Forest
Photo Information
Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-30
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Northland via West & East Coasts
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora, New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-03 1:53
Viewed: 5424
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Waipoua Forest, Upper North Island

Just over three hours drive north of Auckland on State Highway 12, between Aranga and Waimamaku, you will drive through Waipoua Forest. The drive gives you wonderful scenery of the beauty of the forest. It winds through magnificent stands of tall kauri, rimu and northern rata, and offers extensive views in a few places. I love driving north this way. there is so much to see, and the beauty of the trees, bushes, ferns, and mosses are so amazing.

You can stop and park your cars and campervans and follow good walking tracks that give easy access to the most spectacular attractions of the forest: the giant Kauri trees “Tane Mahuta”, “Te Matua Ngahere” and “Yakas”. There is also a wheel-chair access to Tane Mahuta - Lord of the Forest. And there are a few tramping tracks and routes that are also available for those who wish to go deeper into the forest, especially in the high plateau and ranges.

Waipoua Forest’s 2,500 hectares is one of the best examples of kauri forest in New Zealand and it contains three quarters of New Zealand's remaining kauri trees. It is famous for having the two largest living kauris “Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere” , which are easily accessible.

The forest has the largest population of North Island brown kiwi in Northland, and a small population of kokako in the high plateau country.

The day was wet and the rain drizzled all the way as we drove up State Highway 12 and through the forest, so I’m sorry about the grey sky, but I wasn’t going to change it… The camera and I were also quite wet by now, and I feel I sharpened the photo too much, so I slightly blurred it, and may have over-done it! Anyhow, enjoy the scene . . .

coasties, scottevers7, marhowie, red45, dew77, JeanMichel has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To iglootrek: King of the Forest,Janice 2 11-06 00:50
To joeydrops: AgathisJanice 1 11-04 05:12
To red45: Kia oraJanice 1 11-04 03:38
To coasties: PPJanice 1 11-03 05:12
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hi Janice

No, not much you could do about the over cast sky. Nicely composed and I love the rich green and the road weaving through. Only nit is it appears to be out of focus. Great note. Thanks.

Hi Janice,
A road I would love to travel. Since joining this site NZ has moved up much higher on my vacation wish list. Beautiful!

Great shot of the forest there Janice. Was this from a moving vehicle then? Not sure about the PP but still a nice shot. TFS!

Nice shot Janice,
On a clear day, with a beautiful blue NZ sky, this would be a stunning capture. As already mentioned, I'm usnsure of the PP, but still a nice shot.
Thanks for posting.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-04 3:11]
  • [+]

This is something like dream to me - to have got this kind of road nearby :-) So green, full of tropical palms and plants! Asphalt road isn't disturbing to me - it made great contrast between nature and human civilisation. Great picture.

Hi Jancie,
this is a lovely picture, even if it is a little out of focus. The composition is really good with the road bending around the corner. This photo reminds me of Lamington National Park in Australia, with the lush rainforest and winding roads.
I see you've mentioned the Kauri tree. I came across a Queensland Kauri (Agathis robusta)the other week. It had some interesting cones and was really tall. I posted a photo of the cones on TN (http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Oceania/Australia/photo31251.htm) Do you think it is related to the New Zealand Kauri?
Thankyou for sharing you photo.
Kind regards,

This picture makes me remember a lot my trip in New Zealand down in 1992... We were in Auckland and drove one day 1100 km total to go and see the King of the Forest, the giant Kauri tree !!! I remember that the roads were just incredible and fully loaded of giant ferns on each side like your picture.
Thanks for the memories

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-07 6:42]

Hello Janice!
Very nice forest capture.Framing,colors,POV and composition are wonderful.TFS..:-)

I like this shot very much, Janice, even if some parts look blurred (it might be raindrops on the lens more than oversharpening). The luxuriant vegetation contrasts very much with the small road. It's a bit of an oppressive feeling. I like your framing with the road in a "s" shape. Lot's of atmosphere.

Calibration Check