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Introduction

The 78,000-hectare Pureora Forest Park straddles the Hauhungaroa and Rangitoto ranges west of Lake Taupo and east of Te Kuiti.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Totara Walk

Totara trunk, Pureora Forest Park. Photo: Les Molloy.
Totara trunk, Pureora Forest Park

Time: 30 min return
Distance: 960 m

This easy loop walk winds its way among the awe-inspiring giant podocarps for which Pureora is famous - totara, rimu, matai, miro and kahikatea. Ferns grow in abundance and if you are really quiet you may hear or see native birds such as tui, fantail, tomtits or robins. The Totara Walk includes interpretative signs and plant identification signs.

Waihora Lagoon Walk

Time: 10 min one way
Distance: 730 m

Waihora Lagoon. Photo: Karen Denyer.
Waihora Lagoon

From SH 32 turn onto Waihora Rd and travel approximately 3 km on a gravel road before turning left into the Waihora Lagoon carpark. The lagoon, 10 minutes walk from the carpark, is one of the most beautiful spots in the park, surrounded by tall rimu and kahikatea.

Waiharo Lagoon is a shallow ephemeral wetland in a completely natural setting surrounded by swamp forest. 'Magical' is the only word to describe the lagoon when you see the tall trees reflected in the water.

The lagoon can dry out in summer.

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Centre of the North Island Walk

Time: 10 min one way
Distance: 250 m

A short, flat track off Waimonoa Rd leads to the geographical centre of the North Island (marked with a cairn and explanatory plaque). The track joins onto the Mt Titiraupenga tramping track.

Getting there

Pureora Forest Park is 81 km southwest of Rotorua along Highway 30 via Benneydale.

Know before you go

  • All timings are approximate.
  • There is no fuel in Pureora, so ensure you have enough before you visit. A small range of retail products are available at Pa Harakeke (open 7 days during the summer season, and 5 days (Mon – Fri) during winter).
  • Carry enough food, water and warm clothing for a safe and enjoyable time.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly so always carry warm clothing and a raincoat.

Contacts

Te Kuiti Office
Phone:      +64 7 878 1050
Email:   tekuiti@doc.govt.nz
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Pureora Base
Phone:      +64 7 878 1080
Email:   pureora@doc.govt.nz
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