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.


10 July 2020: Booking with Apple iPhone or iPad 

Due to a technical issue, you can't currently make a booking with an Apple iPhone or iPad. We are working on this. In the meantime, please use a desktop or laptop instead of these devices.

Accommodation overview


  • Vehicle


  • Sole
  • Shared


  • 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


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Book Whirinaki Recreation Camp online

Outside normal hours or if the Whakatane Office is closed, direct booking enquiries to the Kauaeranga Valley Visitor Centre.

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.


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

Access: The gate into the camp will be locked when you arrive. Your cabin key will open your cabin and the gate. Collect your key from the lockbox located on the front of the shower block near the carpark.

Use the code on your booking ticket to open the box. Take only the key numbered the same as your cabin booking.



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