Te Whaiti nui a Toi Canyon
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Introduction

The Whirinaki - majestic, primeval, ancient - stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the great forests of the world.

Highlights

Be awestruck, walk in gentle silence or ride through the mists of this primordial place.

Feel the breath of life, the song of Tāne, transcend time, walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, in the shadow of giants, be welcomed and embraced by the Whirinaki.

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Place overview

Activities

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

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Fishing

Excellent trout fishing can be found in the Whirinaki, Rangitaiki, and Whaeo rivers. Longfin tuna (eels) and several other species of native fish also live in these river systems.

Historic sightseeing

Rogers Hut was built for deer cullers in 1952. It's one of only three remaining slab-beech huts in the Te Urewera Range.

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    About this place

    Nature and conservation

    The forest of Whirinaki, Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park welcomes each new day with a full-voiced, diverse dawn chorus of bird song. Towering podocarps stand sentinel over the realm of Tane.

    History and culture

    The park is valued as a taonga containing the living children of Tane. Ngāti Whare are active kaitiaki of the park working with DOC to protect natural, cultural, and historic resources for the benefit and well-being of future generations of Aotearoa/New Zealand and visitors.

    The stories of the park’s timber logging history, conservation activism and culturally significant sites are brought to life and connect visitors to the past. The park is valued for its mixed indigenous podocarp forests (tōtara, rimu, miro, matai and kahikatea) and the richness of its species.

    Getting there

    Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park is 90 km southeast of Rotorua, off Te Whaiti Rd, via SH38. The most popular entrance to the park is past Minginui village and up River Road to the River Road car park, the starting point for many walks.

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    Weather

    The weather in the park can be very unpredictable and visitors should be prepared for cold, wet spells even in summer. Frosts and snow are also likely on high ground throughout the year. High rainfall causes rivers in the area to rise very quickly although they usually fall rapidly once the rain stops. You need to be well prepared for tramping and walking in the park.

    Hut passes

    Hut passes are no longer available at the Murupara office. If you require hut passes or tickets contact the Opotiki iSite +64 7 315 3031 or the Rotorua iSite + 64 7 348 5179.

    Maps

    The relevant maps are NZTopo50 series: BG38 Wairapukao, BG39 Ruatahuna, BH38 Te Haroto, and BH39 Putorino.

    Contacts

    Whakatane Office
    Phone:   +64 7 307 2770
    Email:   opotiki@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   1/100 Valley Road
    Whakatane
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