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Whirinaki Forest - Waitangi Weekend-

  • 4 Feb 2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • 6 Feb 2023
  • 9:00 PM
  • Como St, Takapuna
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Waitangi Weekend:  3 days Saturday 4 - Monday 6 February  2023

Whirinaki Forest

The Whirinaki Forest is a temperate rain forest in the central North Island, just to the west of the better-known Urewera National Park. It has been described as “the most visually superb remnants in New Zealand, with podoarps up to 65 meters tall and reaching three meters in diameter” and British biologist David Bellamy regarded it as one of the great forests of the world. The area is rich in bird life including kaka, whio and kiwi.

Leaving Como Street carpark at 8.00am Saturday morning, we will drive approx 5 hours to River Rd carpark in Whirinaki where the Medium Party will be dropped off before continuing another half an hour to Okahu Rd carpark where the bus will be left and the E/M Party will set out.  Tents are required.

Easy/ Medium Party

This group will walk for 2 hours to Skips Hut for the night (9 bunks).  On Saturday they will head to Moerangi Hut (6 bunks) via Rogers Hut, total distance approx 13 km (4 - 5 hours).  On Monday walk out to River Rd carpark - 13km (4.5  hours) where there are a couple of short walks that can be done while waiting for the bus.

Medium Party

After being dropped off at River Rd they will walk 13 km (4.5 hours) to stay at Moerangi Hut (6 bunks).  On Sunday they will go to Rogers Hut and from there to Mangakahika Hut (9 bunks) total walking time 6.3 hours.  On Monday the walk from there out to Okahu Rd end to pick up the bus will take approx 5 - 6 hours.

We will aim to get back to Como Street between 8 and 9pm depending on stops and traffic.

Both parties will need to carry tents and have 2 x standard (blue) hut passes, also recommended to have warm clothing.

Cost:  $125 (plus 2 blue hut tickets)

Depart: Saturday 4 February, 8.00am: Corner 6 Auburn St & Como St Carpark, Takapuna

Organiser: Mandy Cunningham 027 2002369

Drivers: TBC

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