New Zealand: Nature’s giants

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’


Can you spot Jess’ head?


There she is! It’s shocking how small a human looks next to these ancient giants!



 ‘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 🙂 

8 thoughts on “New Zealand: Nature’s giants

  1. This is so amaizing! I’m so glad that forests like this still exist. They are trully one of the most important things on our planet. And a lot of people doesn’t realize that. I’m so glad that there are still people interested in nature and its beauty.

    • Glad you liked it! They were awe inspiring to see, and to think that they’ve been there for just so long. Think of all the human history that has happened in the lifetime of these trees. It was very sad learning about the history of New Zealand and knowing that it was once covered in forests of trees similar to these but it was destroyed for industry when settlers arrived! I also agree that conservation of these ancient bits of nature is very important!

      • It’s almost funny when you think how humans used this trees for shelter or wood or anything that helped them just enough to survive without hurting the nature badly and than with years we’ve became this terrible creatures that will do anything just to make money and not even thinking about our nature.
        I am really happy with your posts about New Zealand! You had a beautiful journey!

      • I certainly do think our ancestors had a much better appreciation of the balance between people and nature! Although I like to think that we’re slowly, very slowly, coming back around as a society to the idea that we really should be protecting these things. Happy you’re enjoying our posts and it was incredible!

    • Thank you, we’re glad you like them 🙂 It is difficult isn’t it, we were mostly happy with how they turned out but it wasn’t through photography skill so much as taking a ridiculous number of photos and a few coming out alright by chance!

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