This dual-purpose track is described here for trampers from River Road to Okahu Road. See Moerangi Mountain Bike Track for information on other sections of the track.
Time: 5 hr
From the River Rd carpark at Minginui, follow the track towards Central Whirinaki Hut but take a hard left hand turn about 500 m past the bridge over the canyon. The track climbs steadily for about 100 m and then follows an old forest road along a ridge line. After a couple of kilometres, and just over an hour from River Rd, another sign post marks the beginning of the track to Moerangi Hut.
The route now climbs steadily and consistently up the right hand flank of Moerangi. After about 300 m of climbing it begins to descend towards Moerangi Hut. The track winds down alongside Moerangi Stream for about an hour, to a bridge which crosses above the junction of the two branches of the Moerangi Stream. After 50 m take the right hand turn for a 10-minute walk to Moerangi Hut.
Time: 3 hr
From Moerangi Hut go back to the stream junction and follow the track to Rogers Hut. It's an easy 3 hours to Rogers Hut. The track traverses high on the true right side of the valley all the way.
Time: 3 hr
From Rogers Hut the track crosses the Moerangi Stream on a bridge. It crosses a low saddle and then descends to Skips Hut. From Skips Hut it climbs to another low saddle and soon after that it comes out at the Okahu Rd carpark.
Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park is 90 km south east of Rotorua.
From Murupara travel south east along Te Whaiti Rd. Once you reach Te Whaiti this road becomes Ruatahuna Rd. Continue along this road for a further 7.5 km until you reach a right hand turn to Okahu Valley Rd. The car park is 9 km south on Okahu Valley Rd. Alternatively, from Te Whaiti turn left onto Minginui Road and follow the signs to River Road car park.
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