Time: 3 hr 30 min
Distance: 13 km
Begin at the Okahu Road end; its 2 hr (7 km) from there to Skips Hut (Whangatawhia). From Skips Hut the track climbs up over a saddle before tracking down to Rogers Hut. Rogers Hut is one of the original deer culler huts in the Whirinaki and is constructed of massive beech slabs and even has a stained-glass window! Keep an eye out for the whio/blue duck in the stream next to the hut.
Time: 3 hr
Distance: 9 km
From Rogers it's an easy walk to the next overnight destination: Moerangi Hut. Moerangi Hut is located about 500 m up a slight detour from the main track. There are plenty of kiwi around the hut so listen for their shrill calls as night falls.
Time: 4 hr 30 min
Distance: 13 km
The final day of walking includes a big climb over the Moerangi Saddle. The saddle tops out at 955 m and has spectacular views of the Rangitaiki Plains far below. As the track travels down from the saddle it enters lowland podocarp forest. Walk among the giant trees until you end at the River 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.
Note: The mountain bike track starts from the Okahu Valley Rd end.
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