Pureora Forest Park

Taupō’s forest parks are jewels in its crown – deep green as emeralds and priceless beyond measure. Home to some of New Zealand’s rarest creatures and most ancient trees, they’re places for both wonder and adventure.

The 78,000ha Pureora Forest Park is an ancient rainforest of giant native totara, rimu, matai, miro and kahikatea trees, rich with rare native bird life.


The park’s Waihora Lagoon is a rich wetland that creates stunning reflections of the tall swamp forest surrounding it.

Waihora Lagoon 

The geographic centre of the North Island lies beneath its canopy, and the tallest totara in New Zealand has stood here for more than 1500 years.

The ancient rainforest clads the slopes of Mount Pureora, Mount Titiraupenga and Mount Pukeokahu, and contains many magical walking and cycle tracks.

The Timber Trail is open to walkers and cyclists. The trail weaves through and even above the forest canopy via suspension bridges.

As you pass along it, watch for the shy, pretty kākā (bush parrot), dancing piwakawaka (fantails) and listen for the haunting call of the rare kōkako (blue-wattle crow).

Getting to Pureora Forest Park

The Pureora Forest Park is located to the west of Taupō town. There are various access points to different hiking and biking trails.

Pureora Forest Park, New Zealand

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