Upper Whirinaki Loop

An Easy two day loop in the Whirinaki Forest park

Plateau Rd Carpark to caves a graded walking track easy going about 1.5 hours. About 100 metres upstream is a rather large cave worth visiting. Watch out for blue duck always seem to be a couple in residence. Caves to taumutu stream about 1/2 an hour a continuation of the well graded walking track. At the junction with Taumutu stream you turn upstream at the wooden brige and the track becomes a tramping track following the stream for about 1/2 an hour. Lots of wind fall and recent flood damage. Exit the stream at a junction with a track to Mangamate hut and head roughly 1.5 hours south following the taumutu stream to Upper Whirinaki hut set at the back of a reasonable clearing. a relatively easy 3 to 4 hour day. The next day exit the clearing at the northern end taking the Tehoe track for about 15 minutes to a crossing with the upper whirinaki river. The track back to plateau rd starts here climbing quickly to the ridge top and then down to plateau rd. 2.5 to 3 hours. Some great Whirinaki bush with abundant wild life an easy walk to strech your legs and a tidy 9 bunk hut for the night. We reached plateau rd from the south, off the Napier taupo rd via Waipunga valley rd and pine milling rd but i would keep a map and gps handy as the road signs are few with many forestry roads heading off all over the place.
Grade Easy/medium
Some creek and river travel watch weather forcasts Grades explained
Bookings Not available (first come, first served)
Length 20.0km
Loop track
Time 6 hr 30 min – 8 hr
2 days
Altitude 300m – 984m
Altitude change 684m
From Plateau Rd Carpark southern end Whirinaki track
To Plateau rd carpark
ID 5712

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Added 21 August 201021 August 2010 by bigpaulbigpaul. No revisions.
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