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Whirinaki Forest - Easter Weekend

  • 29 Mar 2024
  • 8:00 AM
  • 1 Apr 2024
  • 9:00 PM
  • Como St, Takapuna
  • 10

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Whirinaki Forest Easter Weekend 

Depart 8.00am Friday 29th March

Return Monday 1st April

Aim is return between 8 and 9pm depending on stops & traffic.

Cost: $125 - $50 deposit on booking please 

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 podocarps 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 8am Friday morning to River Road Carpark (driver will drop off all parties at River Road, taking the bus to and getting dropped back from Jailhouse Shuttles). 

Party Details - Tents are required  

Medium Parties (A & B) Mangamate Loop Track with an overnight extension to Upper Whirinaki Hut. Mangamate Loop Track (doc.govt.nz)

Both parties walk the same route, doing the loop in opposite directions, starting and ending at the River Road Carpark.  We meet up at the Upper Whirinaki Hut on Saturday night.

MEDIUM PARTY A

Friday: Walk to Verns Camp; Approx. 2.5 hours.

No hut, good camping facilities with a covered cooking area with seating and a fireplace. Verns conservation campsite: Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park, East Coast region (doc.govt.nz)

Saturday: Walk to Upper Whirinaki Hut; 9 bunks – 1 x std blue ticket. Approx. 5-6 hours

Explore the nearby caves in the afternoon or the next morning.

Sunday: Walk to Mangamate Hut; 9 bunks – 1 x std blue ticket. Approx. 4 ½ hours

Check out the glowworms at night.

Monday: Walk to River Road Carpark; Approx. 10km, 4 hours.

MEDIUM PARTY B

Friday: Walk to Mangamate Hut; 9 bunks – 1 x std blue ticket. Approx. 10 km, 4 ½ hours

Check out the glowworms at night.

Saturday: Walk to Upper Whirinaki Hut; 9 bunks – 1 x std blue ticket. Approx. 8km, 4-5 hours

Explore the nearby caves in the afternoon or before heading out the next morning. Lower Whirinaki Track to cave: 50 minutes (allow 30 minutes to explore the cave).

Sunday: Walk to Verns Camp; Approx 6 hours.

No hut, good camping facilities with a covered cooking area with seating and a fireplace. Verns conservation campsite: Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park, East Coast region (doc.govt.nz)

Monday: Walk to River Road Carpark. Approx. 2.5 hours).

If time permits, explore the Waiatiu Falls Waterfall Track ( 3.2km, 1 ½ hours return), or the Arohaki Lagoon Track (6km; 3 hours return).

FIT PARTY  – Moerangi Track. This trip allows for the option of pushing out days 2 and 3 if desired.

Moerangi Track: Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park, East Coast region (doc.govt.nz)

Friday: Walk to Moerangi Hut; 6 bunks – 1 x std blue ticket. Approx. 13 km, 4-5 hours.

Saturday: Walk to Mangakahika Hut; 9 bunks – 1 x std blue ticket. 17km, 6 ½ hours.

OR   continue on to Central Te Hoe Hut; 15 bunks – 1 x std blue ticket. Additional 7.6km, 3 hours.

Sunday: Returning back along yesterday’s track, to Rogers Hut; 6 bunks – 1 x std blue ticket.

OR continue on to Skips Hut; 9 bunks – 1 x std blue ticket.

Monday: Walk to Okahu Road End**

Rogers Hut to Okahu Rd end; 13km, 3. ½ hours

Skips  Hut to Okahu Rd end; 7km, 2hrs

**If no driver on Fit Party bus, start at Okahu, finish at River Road.

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


All  parties will need to carry tents as huts are all First In, First Served

Fit Party  - 3 x  blue hut tickets

Medium Parties - 2 x blue  tickets

Warm clothing WILL be required.

Cost:  $125 (plus hut tickets as above)


Organiser: Amber Gladwin 027 838 9483

Drivers:  

Maps: Medium Party: Online/GPS/Printable

Fit Party:Online/GPS/Printable


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