Waioeka Conservation Area


West of the Waioeka Gorge lies Waioeka Conservation Area, an area of outstanding natural value.  Wildlife species found indicate the outstanding nature of the habitat.  Whio or blue ducks can be found at the headwaters of the Waioeka River and tributaries.  New Zealand falcon can also be seen, as well as kaka, kiwi, and other common bush birds (including Kereru). 


The Conservation Area starts south west of Matawai, on State Highway 2 from Opotiki to Gisborne, and stops 7km south of Opotiki.

Getting there

Access to the Waioeka Conservation Area can be found:

  • off State Highway 2 on Redpath Road (via Wairata Road) approximately 40km from Opotiki,
  • Moanui Road (via Te Wera Road), 87km from Opotiki, and
  • Koranga Valley Road.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for East Coast places


Te Urewera Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 837 3803
Address:   House 2 Aniwaniwa
Corner of SH38 and Aniwaniwa Road
Te Urewera 4195
Email:   teureweravc@doc.govt.nz
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Murupara Office
Phone:      +64 7 366 1080
Email:   muruparavc@doc.govt.nz
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