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About the Geocache
Should be an easy find, in humbling presence.
Whilst Tane and the co-ordinates are both wheelchair accessible, retrieval from the actual hide location may prove somewhat challenging.
Deep in Waipoua forest, a beautiful clearing by the roadside is found.
This marks the place to stop in order to see Tane Mahuta - the largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand.
One of a triad of Waipoua FaberOptimé geocaches.
See also the nearby Look Out Waipoua! (GC1G3AW) and Te Matua Ngahere - Father of the Forest (GC1G3FH) geocaches.
A small path leads you off the road, and into the forest.
The diversity of species of plant life to be seen is absolutely staggering.
Looking around presents view after view, typical of that shown opposite.
New Zealand has many varieties of large ferns and palms living here.
Kauri grass is another native species to be found growing in amongst the Kauri groves.
The path leads deeper into the forest towards the big tree...
About Tane Mahuta
God of the Forest
A plaque at the foot of Tane Mahuta (pron. "ta-nay ma-hoot-a") reads:
"You are in the prescence of one of the most ancient of trees.
In Maori cosmology, Tane is the son of Ranginui the Sky Father, and Papatuanuku the Earth Mother. Tane tore his parents apart, breaking their primal embrace, to bring light, space and air and allowing life to flourish.
Tane is the life giver - all living creatures are his children.
This is the largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand (and the world). It is difficult to accurately estimate the age of Tane Mahuta. But, it may be that Tane Mahuta sprang from seed around 2000 years ago, during the lifetime of Christ."
The kauri periodically sheds its bark, giving it its hammered appearance.
This also frees the trunk of clinging epiphytes. An epiphyte is a plant that derives its moisture and nutrients from the air and rain, that usually grows on another plant.
The shedding of old branches and leaves also produces a trunk that is straight-grained, blemish-free and of high quality timber that can be used for many purposes.
Despite its immense size, kauri has a comparatively shallow and exposed rooting system with only a few peg roots to anchor the tree. This makes them subject to being thrown about in the wind (windthrow).
A humus accumulates at the tree's base, comprising the bark, leaves and branches that are shed. A mat of feeding roots grows through the humus and builds to form a mound (or pukahu). The feeding roots of Kauri trees are shallow and delicate.
Many thousands of visitors' feet falling around Tane Mahuta were killing the giant tree, so protective paths and platforms were put around.
The limbs of the crown sometimes double the height of the tree. The leaves grow directly onto the bark clustered at the end of the branchlets of the upraised branches.
More than 30 other species live in the branches of Tane Mahuta.
The dimensions of Tane Mahuta are:
Please ensure that you respect the plants and animals here at all times.
This area is threatened by kauri dieback, so please:
- Make sure shoes, tyres and equipment are clean of dirt before and after visiting kauri forest.
- Clean shoes and any other equipment that comes into contact with soil after every visit, especially if moving between bush areas.
- Keep to defined tracks at all times. Any movement of soil around the roots of a tree has the potential to spread the disease.
- Dogs can inadvertently spread the disease if they disturb the soil around the trees and are not permitted in Waipoua Forest.
For more information about kauri dieback, please see this page: Kauri dieback: how you can help.
About the Cache
A 400ml Sistema container with green camo.
Some stealth may be required at GZ due to spot's public popularity.
The boardwalk is there to protect the fragile roots of these awesome trees, whose health is threatened by even the lightest foot fall. STAY ON THE BOARDWALK/PATH.
Please ensure that you replace carefully so as it remains not obvious!
Contents at Placement
- Stash note, log book, pencil, sharpener and silica gel
- Cuz 2 Cuz TB
- Whizz Kid's Star GC
- 2x badges
- Rugby ball
- Smiley face
Geocaches need maintenance from time to time (as do we all?!).
If this one looks in need (new log book/container maintenance/other), please let us know.