This 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).
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 - April of the following year, on Monday's, Wednesdays & Friday's. Bookings are essential.
Fitness level needed: average to good
Degree of difficulty: easy to moderate
Track terrain: Undulating
Price (subject to change): NZ$280 adults, NZ$185 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