Giant tree safe from fire: DOC

22:02, Feb 02 2014
Tane Mahuta
TANE MAHUTA: Safe from the fire, says DOC.

New Zealand's largest kauri tree, Tane Mahuta, is safe from a fire in the Waipoua Forest, the Department of Conservation says.

The fire began in the early hours of this morning near Lookout Road in Waipoua Forest, DOC said, but it was now under control.

The Northland forest is home to Tane Mahuta, estimated to be between 1250 and 2500 years old and the largest kauri known to stand today.

DOC said the giant tree was "kilometres" away from the fire, and the forest remained open to visitors.

A team of DOC rural fire fighters and forestry contractors has battled the two-hectare blaze, which spread through native forest and scrubland, and fire crews would continue to work today to prevent any potential flare-ups.