The giant Kauri trees af New Zealand are enormous. While not as large as the Sequoia trees in California, they are not far behind. They were decimated when European settlers arrived and began taking them to remast their ships (amongst other things). The timber of the kauri is impervious to water and, it must be said, makes wonderful looking furniture. The gum (resin) was also collected for a variety of reasons such a jewellery or because it could be burnt or used by Maori as a chewing gum.
Kauri are thankfully now protected and there are efforts to re-establish large forests but the trees take a LONG time to grow. You are not allowed to cut them down (although Maori can take them to make a Waka – a ceremonial canoe).
Tane Mahuta (or “Lord of the Forest”) is estimated to be around 2,000 years old and is the largest tree in New Zealand (and probably the largest living thing therefore). It is situated in the Waipoua Forest in Northland. As with General Sherman in California (which is the largest living tree by volume on Earth) taking a photo is not a simple task. Check out the size of the people at the bottom of the tree for perspective.