Arohaki Lagoon

Image: Neil Hutton | ©


Arohaki Lagoon is one of the must see sites in the Whirinaki.


Impressive tawa/podocarp forest leads to a rain-fed waterway which is home to a number of rare birds.

Birdlife includes the blue duck/whio, North Island kākā, red and yellow crowned kākāriki, kiwi and kererū.


Track overview

6 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

3 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track


Drone view
Aerial view of Arohaki Lagoon
Image: David Finn | DOC 

The track starts at the Arohaki Lagoon car park, adjacent to River Road, following an old disued hauling track in a westerly direction before descending and crossing the Waiatiu Stream.

The track follows a spur and climbs to a terrace before continuing west and reaching a viewing platform at Arohaki Lagoon at the end of the track.

The ephemeral lagoon (rain-fed) is surrounded by towering kahikatea and is often alive with frogs - and in times of drought, appears to dry up. Even so, it remains an interesting place to visit.

Getting there

Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park is 90 km south-east of Rotorua. Access to Arohaki Lagoon is via River road, off Old Te Whaiti Road, to the Arohaki Lagoon carpark.

Know before you go

A reasonable level of fitness is required as the terrain ranges from steep uplands to flats.


Whakatane Office
Phone:   +64 7 307 2770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   1/100 Valley Road
Postal Address:   1/100 Valley Road
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