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Walks in the Pureora Forest

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Housing to rich rain forest and the official center of the North Island of New Zealand. There are a good abundance of beautiful walks and hikes for everyone. Pureora Forest is recognised as one of the finest rain forests in the world.

Here is just a handful of some of the beautiful short, interesting walks available in this pristine piece of native forest just an hour from Taumarunui. Check out the Department of Conservation's website HERE for full details. 

Centre of the North Island Walk
Plant your feet smack bang on the heart of NZ. A short 10 minute walk on a flat track off Waimonoa Rd leads to the geographical center of the North Island (marked with a cairn and explanatory plaque). Great place for a photo and bragging rights. 

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. Some of the finest podocarp trees in the country can be found here amoungst ferns that 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
This short walk leads to a viewing platform over a lagoon, where tall trees are reflected in the water. 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
This short loop walk in the Waipapa ecological area takes you through tall podocarp with spectacular bird life and . A 30 minute return walk which starts behind the Pureora Forest Park Lodge.

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 takes in the fantastic views and the tall trees of the Pureora Forest. This is a 30 minute loop. 

Mt 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.

Some of the finest podocarp trees in the country.

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