Track Details

  • River Road carpark to Central Whirinaki Hut: 4.5hrs, 14.6km
  • Central Whirinaki Hut to Upper Whirinaki Hut(via Taumutu Stream): 3hrs, 6km
  • Central Whirinaki Hut to Plateau carpark: 2.75hrs, 7.5km
  • Upper Whirinaki Hut to Mangamate Hut: 5hrs, 7.5km
  • Mangamate Hut to River Road carpark: 3.5hrs, 10.3km

Whirinaki Track is the highest standard tramping track in the park. It is a relatively easy trip suitable for people of low to moderate fitness levels. Walkers can travel north to south from the River Road Carpark, Minginui or south to north from Plateau Carpark. It can also be travelled as a circuit (as described) starting from either end or as part of a larger walk linking with the Te Hoe or Moerangi Tracks. Plateau Carpark is about 43 km from Minginui along forestry roads. From Minginui, turn up Main Road, (becomes South Road). After about 30 minutes turn left on to Pine Milling Road and follow the ‘Whirinaki Track’ signs. Access to Plateau Carpark is also through Kaingaroa Forest via Wairupakau Road, Low Level Road, Wainuki Arterial/Ngapuketurua Road, Kiorenui Road and Main Road, following ‘Whirinaki Track’ signs. Access permits for forestry roads must be organised from Kaingaroa Timberlands Office at Waiotapu, SH38. From the Napier/Taupo Highway, exit on Pohokura Road (between Waipunga Falls Lookout and Rangitaiki pub), cross the Waipunga River and drive north to ‘Whirinaki Track’ signs on Pine Milling Road.

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