Experience nature as it was meant to be

We offer three one-day guided treks: Whirinaki Loop Trek,  Arohaki Lagoon and Te Urewera Tree Planting Trek. These one-day treks run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the Season. Bookings are essential.

The Whirinaki Loop Trek

Click here to view more photosThis trek takes you into the Whirinaki Forest Park where you'll see some of the most magnificent indigenous podocarp forest found anywhere in the world. You will also hear about Hineruarangi, guardian of the Whirinaki Valley.

From Murupara we drive 30min to the start of the trek near the largely Maori settlement of Minginui. We enter the forest following a loop trail through enormous podocarp trees including rimu, matai, miro, kahikatea and more. Along the way you will experience the abundance of native birdlife including bellbirds, tui, kereru, kaka, and fantails. Lunch is by a lovely waterfall. Transfers are from the D.O.C Office in Murupara on State Highway 38 or from Rotorua upon arrangement.  2 person min required to book (treks can be organised for only one person but a minimum 2-person rate will apply).

For return transport from Central Rotorua is an extra $40 NZD per person, Outer Rotorua is $50 NZD per persone.g. Hamurana Springs , our van can hold 6 passengers, min 2 people needed to book transport.  Groups of more than 6, please contact us. Please note, Central Rotorua is a 45min drive one way to Murupara...

This trek takes 4-5 hours depending on the group. It follows well formed trails of gentle to moderate steepness. This trek is available between October - May. Bookings are essential.

Fitness level needed: average to good
Degree of difficulty: easy to moderate
Price (valid to 30 April 2018 but subject to change): NZ$260 adults, NZ$185 children (6-15 years) NZ$50 children (0 - 5 years) for transport on Van, trek is free
Group size: 2 – 10

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Te Urewera Tree Planting Trek

Te Urewera Tree PlantingWe are now offering a 1-day trekking and tree planting experience. During this trek you will experience the magnificence of virgin native forest as well as help us to restore native indigenous trees to areas previously stripped by native logging.

The day starts at the Department of Conservation Office in Murupara, where you will be picked up by your local Maori guide for the day. The morning is spent walking in the magical Whirinaki Forest hearing the stories and legends of the Maori people from the area and the role that trees have played in the creation according to Maori.

After a delicious homemade lunch you undertake the planting of native New Zealand trees such as rimu, totara, matai and native beech that in 1000 years will be fully developed members of the podocarp and beech forests that dominate the Urewera region.

Your part in the restoration of this very special landscape gives you status as Kaitiaki Tautoko, or honorary guardian of the forest. And for every visitor participating in this experience we donate NZ$25 to the Te Urewera Rainforest Restoration Trust as a contribution towards the ongoing restoration and management of the forest. As an added bonus, you will also be helping to offset some of your carbon miles.

This trek is available between October - May. Bookings are essential.

For return transport from Central Rotorua is an extra $40 NZD per person, Outer Rotorua is $50 NZD per person e.g. Hamurana Springs, our van can hold 6 passengers, min 2 people needed to book transport.  Groups of more than 6, please contact us. Please note, Central Rotorua is a 45min drive one way to Murupara... 

Fitness level needed: average
Degree of difficulty: easy/ Moderate
Price (valid to 30 April 2018 but subject to change): NZ$360 adults, NZ$260 children (6-15 years), NZ$50 children (0 - 5 years) for transport on Van, trek is free
Group size: 2 – 10 (treks can be organised for only one person but a minimum 2-person rate will apply)

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Arohaki Lagoon

 

1 day guided walk through native Podocarp forest in the Whirinaki.  Your local Maori guide will share stories of the area and history while pointing out medicinal plants and explaining how the Ancestors of the local tribe lived.  Your senses will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Forest.  Arahaki lagoon is surround by great Kahikatea trees, when the lagoon is full, it's a great place to soak in serenity and watch the wind ripple across the water from the wooden dock. Price includes return transport to Ngati Whare Tribal Office, guide, lunch, snacks included.  Please note the lagoon can dry up in peak Summer.

For return transport from Central Rotorua is an extra $40 NZD per person, Outer Rotorua is $50 NZD per person e.g. Hamurana Springs, our van can hold 6 passengers, min 2 people needed to book transport.  Groups of more than 6, please contact us. Please note, Central Rotorua is a 45min drive one way to Murupara... 

Fitness level needed: average to good
Degree of difficulty: easy to moderate
Price(valid to 30 April 2018 but subject to change): NZ$245 adults, NZ$185 children (6-15 years) NZ$50 children (0 - 5 years) for transport on Van, trek is free
Group size: 2 – 10

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All one-day treks include:

  • 1 day treks EPick up at 9.30am at the Department of Conservation, SH 38, Murupara - return time 4pm (From Rotorua pick up is at 8:30am & return about 6pm) 
  • Lunch and snacks (0 -5 yrs not included, please bring own lunch & snacks)
  • All park fees
  • Maximum group size of ten
  • At least one local Maori guide

What you need to bring:

  • Good walking boots or shoes, preferably with ankle support
  • Day pack to carry your water bottle, excess clothing and personal items (we can hire day packs on request at the time of booking)
  • Drink bottle filled with water
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and hat
  • Layers of clothing e.g. woollen or polypropylene T-shirt, long-sleeved sweater, and waterproof jacket
  • Long, lightweight trousers are recommended
  • Swimsuit and towel (for the hot pool dip after the trek in Winter season if desired, Rotorua transfers only)
  • Don't forget your camera or video camera
  • We can store personal belongings that you don't want to carry with you on the trek (please ensure you have insurance as we cannot gaurantee against theft or loss)

 

*Please inform us of any medical or health conditions you may have, there is no cellphone coverage in Te Urewera or the Whirinaki and we would like to be prepared in case of an emergency.

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