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