Photo of the week: Whirinaki Forest

Department of Conservation —  25/09/2013

Today’s photo showcases Whirinaki Forest, the favourite wild place of Tom McMurtry—one of the lucky winners of our recent New Zealand’s Wild Places giveaway

Whirinaki Forest, huge, ancient trees and birdsong everywhere. ~ Tom McMurtry

Walkers crossing a stream surrounded by native New Zealand bush. Photo: Stefan Marks/flickr

Whirinaki is packed with amazing tall trees, fast flowing rivers, and is home to an array of native species including a variety of magnificent native podocarps.

The park is about 100 km south east of Rotorua on State Highway 38. It is within a two hour drive of Rotorua, Taupo and Whakatane. Its beauty can be enjoyed through a comprehensive network of walks, tracks and huts.

This photo, of trampers crossing a stream at Whirinaki, was taken by Stefan Marks.

Note: Winners of the New Zealand’s Wild Places giveaway were picked at random.

One response to Photo of the week: Whirinaki Forest


    sorry mate but birdsong not attributable to 10 years of aerial 1080. Close observation has shown aerially applied 1080 has an overall detrimental effect on native wildlife. The most effective animal management in the Whirinaki is done by contractors checking traps and bait stations. See my blog Whirinaki Manaaki for real info.