Sunday, January 23, 2011
The beauty of this giant never ceases to amaze me. Tane Mahuta on a drizzly summers day.
Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree. According to Maori mythology Tāne is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother. Tāne was the child that tore his parent’s parental embrace and once done set about clothing his mother in the forest we have today. All living creatures of the forest are regarded as Tāne’s children and he his thought to be around 2000 years old.
There are other big Kauris around this area, but none quite as big as this one. With a girth of 13.8 metres and height of 51.5 metres, Tane Mahuta dominates Waipuoa Forest in the Hokianga region of Northland. This is just under 2 hours from our home.