Access to the Whirinaki and Matakuhia Areas

Most of the forest roads in the Kaiangaroa Forest require you to have a permit. At the moment they are not issuing permits so it may be useful to know about these roads that DOC at the Rangateiki office assure me have an easement allowing public access. Signage is confusing with no signs at most intersections and the sign at the Shwy 5, Pohokura Rd intersection saying no exit. Roads are suitable for ordinary cars but watch for the odd pothole, washout, ford or fallen tree.

Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
to plateau
Recorded distance 5.9km  
Points 45  
Start 38.822293 S, 176.638248 E
End 38.838258 S, 176.593273 E
Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
to pukahanui
Recorded distance 54.2km  
Points 369  
Start 38.865520 S, 176.653998 E
End 38.593485 S, 176.771302 E
Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
Elevation range 657m – 970m Total ascent 309m
Recorded distance 27.6km Total descent 573m
Points 373 Average grade 3.20%
Start 38.849954 S, 176.604529 E954m
End 38.948020 S, 176.514251 E690m


Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
DescriptionLatitude (°)Longitide (°)
Lower Matakuhia Hut, LOWER MATUKUHIA HUT 38.934250 S 176.599081 E
Matakahia Saddle, MATAKAHIA SDDLE HUT SITE 38.850059 S 176.604875 E
Opureke Hut Site, OPUREKE HUT 38.924980 S 176.536157 E
Plateau Rd Carpark, 16-APR-99 20:27 38.821119 S 176.637803 E
Pohokura Rd, 28-MAR-10 1:55:56PM 38.947948 S 176.514252 E
PUKAHUNUI HUT SITE 38.865572 S 176.655297 E
to Matakahia Saddle, MATAKUHIA TRACK 38.846215 S 176.604085 E
to Waipunga, 27-MAR-10 9:09:14AM 38.812638 S 176.559434 E
Upper Matakuhia Hut 38.894115 S 176.595498 E
Upper TeHoe Hut, UPPER TE HOE HUT 38.839800 S 176.719950 E
Upper Whirinaki Hut 38.812494 S 176.672496 E


  • simmo simmo Followed the marked gpx with a topo map and had no trouble getting to the carparks from SH5. The road conditions certainly OK for 2WD. Thanks pmke.
    3 April 2010
ID 5230

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