To protect and restore the Waipoua Kauri Forest

Who We Are

The Waipoua Forest is an ancient ecosystem and one of the largest areas of Kauri still surviving today. The reserves that make up the Waipoua Forest Trust border the northern and southern edges of the Waipoua Forest. The trust is situated on the West Coast of Northland, New Zealand.

Our main work at the Waipoua Forest Trust is to regenerate previously cleared land that borders the Waipoua Forest.  Our goal is to protect and restore this Kauri ecosystem at a landscape scale. The challenges of Kauri die-back disease, introduced pest species & the onset of climate change makes our work more important than ever.

The trust is committed to restoring the natural balance of the forest ecosystem by replanting natives and controlling plant and animal pests. Our young Millennium Forest, which we’ve been regenerating since the year 2000, is a living example of the potential to expand the Waipoua Forest, giving unique species in this area the opportunity to survive and flourish.

We currently own 241 hectares of milled land adjacent to the Waipoua Forest. All land owned by the Trust is placed under a covenant for permanent protection through the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. so far 155 hectares have been regenerated and were working to plant out the rest in the next 10 years. The Waipoua Forest Trust works in partnership with Kaitiaki Kiwi, Te Roroa Iwi, Northland Regional Council, the Department of Conservation, the Native Forest Restoration Trust and Reconnecting Northland.

Trees Planted So Far

Our Projects

155 hectares of native forest planted since 2000

60 hectares of cleared land scheduled for large scale planting beginning 2020 

50 hectares of self-regenerating land with selective planting occurring throughout 

Beach nesting birds breed at river mouths all the way along the Kauri coast 

Meet The Team

Board of Trustees

Alex Nathan

Brendan Lyne

Janice Brenstrum

Megan Topia

Tom Donovan

In The Field

Georgina Read
General Manager

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