Whirinaki Track

Tackling the Whirinaki Track, 24km in seven hours with the Taupo Tramping Club was a challenge that offered peace and tranquillity as it is an excellent track through the best native forest in the Central North Island.

By: Austin Hutcheon  

Whirinaki Forest

From Plateau Road it was virtually all downhill to pass the Cave in one hour and to have “smoko” at the Central Hut in two-and-a-half.

Lunch was had in a sunny, grassy glade just before the Department of Conservation shelter at Vern’s Camp – good protection from the weather with a wood-burning stove for a warm picnic lunch on really cold days.

The track improved from here northwards, just as well as one walker twisted a knee, as it passed through magical areas with large tree ferns and awe inspiring giants of the forest then over the deep gorge of the Te Whaiti Nui A Toi Canyon to emerge at the car park on River Road. 

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