Whirinaki Recreation Camp

Image: Neil Hutton | ©


Located in Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park this outdoor recreation and education centre is ideal for schools and other groups.

Accommodation overview


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Heating - wood
  • Toilet - flush
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

About this lodge

There is a large grassy area around the cabins for activities and a number of tracks nearby, including the Whirinaki Forest mountain bike track.  


  • Sleeps 30 in 3 cabins (each cabin sleeps 10)
  • One cabin has disabled access
  • Lighting by candle - take your own
  • Wood heater in all cabins
  • Large separate open-sided cooking shelter with wood BBQ - fuel provided
  • Flush toilets

Getting there

Drive south from Murupara to Minginui Village (28 km).

The cabins are 5 km from Minginui Village on Old Te Whaiti Road.


Sole or shared occupancy:

$30.00 per cabin, or
$90.00 for sole occupancy


Book online or contact:

Between 8 am - 12 noon:

Whakatane Office
Phone:   +64 7 307 2770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   opotiki@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1/100 Valley Road
Postal Address:   1/100 Valley Road

Outside of normal hours or if the Whakatane Office is closed direct any booking enquiries to:

Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540

Before you book, read the terms and conditions.


Whirinaki has loads of recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities (including some purpose built facilities for wheelchairs):

Short day walks and multi-day tramps, hunting (some of the best wild pork in the country can be found within the park), fishing, mountain biking, four-wheel driving, horse trekking, and more birds, trees and waterfalls than you can photograph in a day!

Walking and tramping

There are three short walks that leave from Whirinaki Recreation Camp.

Know before you go

The key pick up/drop off is a 24 hours combination lock box on the front of the Murupara DOC office  – details are in the booking ticket.


Murupara Office
Phone:   +64 7 366 1080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   opotiki@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Main Road, RD1
Murupara 3079
Postal Address:   1/100 Valley Road
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