Access to the Whirinaki and Matakuhia Areas

Waipunga Forest, Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park

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.

Contains data sourced from Land Information New Zealand and Landcare Research under CC-By.
Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
to plateau
Recorded distance 5.9km  
Points 45  
Start -38.822293, 176.638248
End -38.838258, 176.593273
Latitudes and longitudes use the WGS84 datum.
to pukahanui
Recorded distance 54.2km  
Points 369  
Start -38.865520, 176.653998
End -38.593485, 176.771302
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%
Start -38.849954, 176.604529954m
End -38.948020, 176.514251690m


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


  • 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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Added 28 March 2010 by pmcke. 1 revision 28 March 2010 by pmckepmcke.
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