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Father of the Forest

By Linda Tancs

A giant kauri tree abides in New Zealand’s Waipoua Forest. Known as “Father of the Forest” (or Te Matua Ngahere in the Maori language), it isn’t the largest living kauri but it does rank first in age. Estimated to be 2,000 years old, the second largest of the giant kauri trees also bests its bigger rival in tree girth at over 52 feet. A 20-minute walk will take you to a viewing platform where you can admire the tree without damaging its sensitive root systems.


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