As a result of Covid-19, we will continue to hibernate until Nature gives us the cue to re-open. We hope you stay safe and well and look forward to the time when we can safely welcome you again...
Until then - noho ora, haere pai ...
A journey with us, in more ways than one ...
Relax, rejuvenate, reconnect
Whakatau Rainforest Retreat
Bushcampesque style accommodation, set in our indigenous rainforest of Te Urewera. Off the grid and on private property, this is where you come to to disconnect from the business of life and reconnect with yourself and nature. Head to our retreat page to learn more....
Questions and answers
What do I need to bring with me?
Good walking boots or shoes, preferably with ankle support
Day pack or overnight pack to carry your water bottle, 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 (& changes of clothing for overnight treks)
Long, lightweight trousers are recommended (not jeans)
Swimsuit and towel (for the hot pool dip after the trek)
Camera, video camera, binoculars
Torch (for overnight treks)
Is transport available?
Yes, but only for Custom experiences and the 3 day and 4 day treks.
Do you have car parking available whilst we are on the trek?
There is car parking available at Department of Conservation Office in Murupara, along with toilets for public use. If you are staying at Whakatau Rainforest Retreat, there is parking available there too. We will endeavour to keep your car safe but cannot take responsibility for it in the event of damage, theft, fire, or other similar occurrence. We recommend you insure to cover any such eventuality.
Can I leave belongings with you whilst we are on the trek?
You can leave belongings with us that you don't want to carry on the trek. We will endeavour to look after these but can not take responsibility for them in the event of damage, theft, fire, or other similar occurrence. We recommend you insure to cover any such eventuality.
What gear do we have to carry?
Our Treks and Experiences educate and empower people to carry their own gear, personal items and a share of the food. We work together as a team, supporting one another where needed.
What payment methods can I use?
We accept Visa or Mastercard, or New Zealand cash and online bank transfers.
Can you cater for special dietary requirements?
In most cases we are able to cater for special dietary requirements as long as you let us know at the time of booking.