Whirinaki Forest Park Circuit



Giant trees in the Whirinaki Forest Park, on the boundary of the Urewera National Park.Lots of fern trees in Whirinaki Forest Park, on the boundary of the Urewera National Park.Map of Whirinaki Forest Park circuit, on the boundary of the Urewera National Park.

The Whirinaki Forest Park Circuit is in the Whirinaki Forest Park, on the boundary of the Urewera National Park.



Some parts of the Whirinaki forest is what they call virgin forest, a forest untouched by humans. Still as it was over the last thousands of years (except for the few tracks that have been put in place,so people can admire the beauty). The main type of tree you’ll see in this forest are the podocarps, like the rimu, kahakatea and totara. Some of these trees have grown to gigantic sizes.

Rare native birds are found in this forest, like the North Island brown Kiwi, the Kakariki and Whio (Blue Duck).

The track is easy going. Undulating in most places, but uphills are never more than a few hundred metres (feet) at one time.

One of the easier ways to explore the Whirinaki Forest is by doing the loop starting from the River Road car park to Central Whirinaki hut, then on to Upper Whirinaki hut and Mangamate hut and back to River Road car park. You can do the same circuit starting and finishing from the other end at the Plateau car park

You can get to the River Road car park by following Minginui Road off State Highway 38. then follow Old Te Whaiti Road and River Road, to the River Road car park. To get to the Plateau car park from State Highway 5. Turn into the Old Pohakura Road just west of the Waipunga Falls, then turn left into Waipunga Road and follow the signs to the Plateau car park