Tracks

Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park

Central Whirinaki - Mangamate Loop
Central Whirinaki - Mangamate Loop
Track 2 – 3 days. Easy/medium. Loop track.
A popular lowland circuit in Whirinaki Forest Park featuring tall podocarp forest and blue ducks.
A Whirinaki crossing - Waikaremoana Road Summit to Rangitaiki Tavern
Track 6 – 10 days. Medium. One way.
Majestic podocarp forest - straight-turnked trees, reaching for the sky, bearded in epiphytes, the forest floor below covered in a lush understory of green fern. The constant melody of birdsong. ...
Moerangi Circut
Moerangi Circut
Track 2 – 3 days. Easy. One way.
Promoted as a mountain bike track, this is also a popular tramping track. The track is very new, well graded, easy and suitable for trampers of all ages in virtually any weather.
Central Whirinaki Hut
Central Whirinaki Hut
Track 2 days. Easy. Return via same track.
This popular overnight alternative on the Whirinaki Track follows a very smooth path with views of the Whirinaki River, blue ducks, Whirinaki Falls, and beautiful podocarp forest.
Upper Matakuhia Hut
Upper Matakuhia Hut
Track 1 – 2 days. Easy. Return via same track.
An ideal easy overnight trip or can be done as a day trip
Mangamate Hut via Kakanui Stream
Mangamate Hut via Kakanui Stream
Track 1 – 2 days. Easy/medium. Loop track.
A shorter loop taking in Mangamate but not Central Whirinaki Hut. There is no track up the Kakanui Stram
Whirinaki River - Taumutu Stream
Whirinaki River - Taumutu Stream
Track 1 day. Medium. Loop track.
This extension to the Whirinaki - Mangamate Loop leads past a pumice cave to Upper Whirinaki Hut. The route is rough and wet underfoot.

Track grades

Easy
Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Easy-medium
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Medium
Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
Medium-hard
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Hard
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.