Tane Mahuta - God of the Forest
1 day trek
We are now offering a 1-day trekking and Native 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. We then travel 40 minutes to Ngaputahi, Te Urewera, where you spend the morning planting native 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.
Next, it's onwards to the magical Whirinaki Forest, walking under fully mature native trees, planted by nature hundreds of years a go. Your guide will share stories and legends of the Maori people from the area and the role that trees have played in the creation according to Maori.
A delicious homemade lunch is eaten mid-way, followed by another shorter walk to the Te Whaiti-nui-a-Toi Canyon.
Your part in the restoration of this very special landscape gives you status as Kaitiaki Tautoko, or honorary guardian of the forest. As an added bonus, you will also be helping to offset some of your carbon miles if you are an international visitor. Operates three times per week on Monday's, Wednesday's & Friday's.
This trek is available between October - April of the following year. Bookings are essential. Minimum of 2 to book.
Fitness level needed: average to good
Degree of difficulty: easy to moderate
Track terrain: Undulating
Price (subject to change): NZ$390 adults, NZ$260 children (6-15 years) NZ$50 children (0 - 5 years) free if providing own lunch and transport
Group size: 2 – 10
Driving time: Rotorua central to Murupara 50min, Murupara to Whirinaki 30min