Kauri trees are native to New Zealand and whilst the majority of the oldest trees were destroyed by settlers from Europe, a few of these giants remain and we just had to take a trip out to Waipoua Forest on the ‘Kauri Coast’ to have a look.
The precise age of these trees is unknown but estimates put them at 2000 – 2500 years old! The first Kauri in these pictures, called ‘The Lord of the Forest’, is the largest measuring at 51.2 metres in height and with a diameter of 4.4 metres. The second, ‘The Father of the Forest’, is shorter but wider with a diameter of 5.2 metres…that’s pretty damn big!
The last tree is actually four separate Kauri trees growing from a shared root which makes for a pretty impressive and unique sight in itself named ‘The Four Sisters’.
‘The Lord of the Forest’
‘The Father of the Forest’
‘The Four Sisters’
We were blown away by the size of these marvels of nature and hope the pictures do them some kind of justice!
Ben and Jess 🙂