Te Whaiti nui a Toi Canyon
Image: Bay of Plenty Film | ©



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

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.

Take a virtual walk through the park with Google Maps

Find things to do and places to stay Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park

An impressive cave is located 90 minutes south of Central Whirinaki hut on route to Plateau car park, but it requires caution. Go with an experienced person and carry at least three lights - a headlamp, torch and candles. You will also need to bring a first aid kit, personal locator beacon and tell someone before you go. Never attempt independent caving without training and being familiar with the site.

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.


Whakatane Office
Phone:   +64 7 307 2770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   easternbop@doc.govt.nz
Address:   9 Louvain Street
Postal Address:   P O Box 457
Back to top