Pureora Forest Park

Pureora Forest Park (78,000 ha) straddles the Hauhungaroa and Rangitoto Ranges between Great Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti.

Pureora Forest Park is a hidden treasure of tall trees, clear rivers and rare wildlife. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to safeguard its natural and historic features and to provide for the enjoyment of visitors. Pureora was once a thriving timber village—today just a few houses remain along with DOC’s field base.

Sections of forest were extensively logged between 1930 and the early 1970s, with exotic trees also planted for timber (many are now logged). Despite this, the park still has one of the largest tracts of native broadleaf podocarp forest in the North Island, and its towering trees and luxurious undergrowth are truly awe-inspiring. Many of the old logging tracks have been developed for off-road cycling. Listen out for the haunting birdsong of the endangered kokako. 

If you’re looking for things to do in and around Taupo or some magnificent walks around Taupo, explore Pureora Forest Park.

 

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