Mountain bikers experiencing Whirinaki
Amazingly tall trees, rushing rivers, a wide variety of habitats and a fascinating past combine to create Whirinaki Forest Park. This was one of New Zealand’s most famous conservation battlegrounds, where people actively fought to save a magnificent native podocarp forest.
Today Whirinaki’s beauty is protected for everyone to enjoy through a comprehensive network of walks, tracks and huts with a range of opportunities for visitors.
Whirinaki Forest Park has something for everyone. Walking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, tramping, camping... the list goes on.
Opportunities for tramping range from overnight trips to five or more days. Hunters are welcomed because of the service they provide in controlling wild animal numbers.
You can choose to stay in three campsites and several huts administered by the Department of Conservation in Whirinaki Forest Park. There is also a Recreation Camp.
The weather in the park can be very unpredictable and visitors should be prepared for cold, wet spells even at the height of summer.
In Whirinaki Forest Park students can study the cultural history and many aspects of forest structure. It has amazingly tall trees, rushing rivers, a wide variety of habitats and a fascinating past.
Find out about field trip activities involving the kākā at Whirinaki Forest Park. Kākā are threatened birds, so it is wonderful that you can see them first hand at Whirinaki Forest Park.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Whirinaki Forest Park.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Whirinaki Forest Park field trip resource
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for East Coast places