Waipoua Forest, a few hours drive north of Auckland, New Zealand. There's not much to do there except walk in an old-growth forest, but it's worth it, just to visit the old man, Te Matua Ngahere
Here's the story of the Kauri tree :
In the beginning before the world was light, Rangi the sky-father and Papa the earth-mother, were bound together, their offspring trapped in the darkness between them. The sons became desperate for light and space, so agreed to separate from their parents. The strongest among them, Tane Mahuta, put his shoulder to Papa and thrust upwards with his powerful legs, disregarding the protests of a weeping Rangi and Papa, as they were wrenched away from each other’s embrace. Tane Mahuta pushed upwards with all his great strength, until Rangi was forced far away up into the sky, and Tane held him there, letting the light shine in.