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Tāne Mahuta By Candlelight

Ngapuhi (local tribe) guides share the stories their ancestors taught them as children. Capturing the legends of the Atua (forest gods), the waiata (songs),the rongoa (medicine) and their magic.

As kaitiaki (guardians) we will share these stories, the science and the challenges for the forests future.

We trust you enjoy the beauty, the journey, and the need to protect such a precious taonga (treasure)

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Q: What should we wear?
A: This depends largely on the time of year you are visiting. We definitely advise that you wear comfortable walking shoes and always bring a warm jacket. During our winter months (June, July and August) wet weather clothing and a rain jacket is advised.


Q: Why don't you think the Twilight Encounter tour is suitable for infants?
A: History suggests that for under 5 year olds this tour is a little long. The Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga can provide a babysitting service. Please contact the Hotel directly for this service.


Q: What time do you pick up from other accommodation within the area?
A: Approximately 15 minutes before departure. This would vary depending on whether it was daylight savings or not. From September to April the pick time is 5.45pm and from April to September the pick time is 4.45pm. This is a free pick up service.


Q: Do you still go out if it's raining?
A: Yes we do. The only time we would cancel a tour would be if it was extremely windy.


Q: Where do you depart from?
A: The Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga, Stage Highway 12, Omapere. Omapere is approximately 4kms from Opononi. Their website address is www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthornehokianga/ or phone 09 405 8737.


Q: How far is Opononi/Omapere from the Bay of Islands or Paihia?
A: An approximate 1 hour drive.


Q: Is there a meal included in the tour price?
A: No.


Q: Can we eat during the tour?
A: We enjoy regular short breaks so if you wish to bring snacks that is fine. You will need to take the remaining rubbish out with you.


Q: Do you get to see Kiwi?
A: While we have enjoyed sightings and hear them we cannot guarantee this.


Q: Do you pick up from Paihia?
A: No we don't.


Q: How do we get from the Bay of Islands to the Hokianga?
A: Details can be found at Fullers Great Sights: Discover Hokianga.


Q: Where could I eat before the tour?
A: You can pre-arrange for an early meal at either the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga, or the Opononi Resort Hotel. This needs to be arranged with the Hotel/s directly by explaining that you will be joining the Footprints Waipoua Twilight Encounter tour.


Q: How can we pay?
A: We accept Cash, EFTPOS or Visa and Master Card credit cards.


Q: Where do we pay?
A: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga located in Omapere.

Mission Statement

The Footprints mission is: to grow a cultural, spiritual and life changing experience in the most famous Kauri Forest in the world; in order to provide international profile for the Hokianga and Waipoua; regional wealth and empowerment of Maori. 


The vision for Footprints is: to be the first choice cultural experience in New Zealand.

A truly special experience

We were lucky enough to take the nighttime walk with Merepaea and it was phenomenal listening to her explain the Maori history and culture and her beautiful chants and prayers. The trees are incredible and awe inspiring. This is a must do for anyone visiting the northern island of New Zealand.