Te Whaiti nui a Toi Canyon
Image: Bay of Plenty Film | ©
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.
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.
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.
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.
River levels rise under heavy rain in a matter of hours causing tracks to washout, which occur regularly from April to August. The end of Okahu road to the Rogers Hut track is particularly known to flood at these times. Check forecasts to effectively plan your visit.
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.
Be careful of stinging nettle/onaonga
Image: G Woodward
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.
The relevant maps are NZTopo50 series: BG38 Wairapukao, BG39 Ruatahuna, BH38 Te Haroto, and BH39 Putorino.
Ongaonga or stinging nettle are present. This can have a painful sting, which may last several days.
DOC and contractors use motorcycles to complete high priority work in this area. Tracks used include Moerangi Track, Rogers Hut to Mangakahika Hut and River road car park to Central Whirinaki Hut. If motorcycles are active in the area, it's likely DOC staff or contractors are at work so take care.