Nature and conservation
Pureora Forest Park straddles the Hauhungaroa and Rangitoto Ranges between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti. It is a hidden wonderland of tall trees, clear rivers and rare wildlife.
This 12 m high tower is a 10 minute walk from Bismarck Rd car park. It gives you an entirely different perspective of life up in the forest canopy. It is a good spot for observing native birds such as kuku (kereru/native pigeon), kakariki (parakeets), and kaka (forest parrot).
The Buried Forest
1800 years ago a forest was knocked over, buried and preserved by a violent eruption from a huge volcano, whose remains now form Lake Taupo. In 1983 this remarkable forest was accidentally uncovered by a digger. Today the uncovered logs lie as they fell during the volcanic eruption.
Pouakani totara tree
The largest recorded totara tree in New Zealand is located on private land on SH 30, approximately 10 minutes drive east of the Pureora Field Base. It will take you 20 minutes to walk from the car park to the tree.
Pureora Forest Park lies between Te Kuiti, Taumaranui and Lake Taupo and is easily accessed by SH 30 and SH 32.
Know before you go
There is no fuel in Pureora, so ensure you have enough before you visit.
A small range of retail products are available at Pa Harakeke (open 7 days during the summer season, and Monday to Friday during winter).
The nearest facilities are at Benneydale, 15 minutes west along SH30.
Because of the terrain and heavily forested nature of the park trampers and hunters are advised to obtain the relevant topographical maps available from the local DOC office:
- Rangitoto range: NZTopo50 Bennydale BF34 1:50 000
- Hauhungaroa range: NZTopo50 Piropiro BG34 1:50 000
- Panirau and Waitewhenua: NZTopo50 Ohura BG32 1:50 000
- Pureroa Forest Park: BF34; BF35; BG34; BG35; BH 34; BH35; BE34; BE35