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Walks in the Pureora Forest

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Housing the offical centre of the North Island of New Zealand there are a good array of beautiful walk and hikes for everyone.

Here is a sample of just some of the short, interesting walks available in this pristine piece of native forest just an hour from Taumarunui or 90 minutes from National Park Village. Download the Department of Conservation's brochure about the park here for full details.

Pureora Forest Park

Centre of the North Island Walk 
A short 10 minute walk on a flat track off Waimonoa Rd leads to the geographical centre of the North Island (marked with a cairn and explanatory plaque). Great place for a photo.

Totara Walk
This easy 1km loop walk winds its way among the awe-inspiring giant podocarps for which Pureora is famous - totara, rimu, matai, miro and kahikatea. Ferns grow in abundance and if you are really quiet you may hear or see native birds such as tui, fantail, tomtits or robins. The Totara Walk includes interpretative signs and plant identification signs.

Waihora Lagoon Walk
From SH 32 turn onto Waihora Rd and travel approximately 3 km on a gravel road before turning left into the Waihora Lagoon carpark. The lagoon, 10 minutes walk from the carpark, is one of the most beautiful spots in the park, surrounded by tall rimu and kahikatea. Waiharo Lagoon is a shallow ephemeral wetland in a completely natural setting surrounded by swamp forest. 'Magical' is the only word to describe the lagoon when you see the tall trees reflected in the water.The lagoon can dry out in summer.

Waipapa Loop Walk
A 30 minute return walk which starts behind the Pureora Forest Park Lodge - passing through tall podocarp forest.

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Rimu Walk
From the Kakaho camping area this loop walk follows the Kakaho Stream through dense rimu forest before climbing to a viewpoint. The walk emerges a short distance along Kakaho Rd and is a 30 minute loop.

Mount Pureora
Allow 1 and a half hours for this moderate walk to the summit of Mount Pureora starting from Link Road, with boardwalks and steps to make walking easier and fantastic views at the top.

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