Lakeside living

Comfortable Living Spaces

Whirinaki Forest Footsteps

Whirinaki Forest Footsteps


Wind down and recharge

Our unique weekend deal that blends a comfortable relaxing time overlooking Lake Aniwhenua with an awe-inspiring cultural walk through one of the last remaining pristine Jurassic podocarp forests on Earth.


Te Whare Aniwaniwa

Our brand new accommodation overlooking beautiful Lake Aniwhenua. This fully self-contained house comprises of 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 additional toilets. Other features include polished concrete floors, large gourmet kitchen with huge floating island, stand-alone fireplace with heat transfer system, laundry, 3 metre covered verandah overlooking the lake, sunken firepit and rustic outdoor wood-fired bath tubs. NOTE: Supplied food covers welcome platter and packed lunch on guided walk only. Other food supplied/self catered by guests.


Whirinaki Forest Footsteps

Welcome to paradise

The tour begins with Mihi Whakatau (welcome) and Karakia (prayer) to keep you safe on your journey. 12km of pristine native rainforest trails await you! Meet Nga Rakau Rangatira - the chiefly trees of the forest, see our 1,000 year old Totara, learn about our Rakau Rongoa (Natural Medicine Plants), hear and hopefully see our native and endangered birds in their natural habitat.

Hear history, and learn about our myths and legends along the way, as you walk in the shadows of giants, and tread where dinosaurs once walked. Fill your water bottles from our pure waterfalls, and enjoy a packed picnic lunch infused with traditional cuisine – “Forest to Fork”.

See the tallest moss in the world, and enjoy 'Forest Bathing' - the concept of connecting with nature and enjoying the health benefits of simply just 'being' at one with the forest. There are plenty of viewing spots along the way to see the beautiful Whirinaki River, and lots of waterfalls to meet throughout the day.

Local Māori Guides
Our proud and knowledgeable guides will share with you all that you want to know...and more! The tour concludes with hot Kawakawa Tea back in the forest carpark, before your complimentary bus journey back to Rotorua. Don't forget to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a jacket, back pack, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle and your camera! The bus will drop you off safely back to your accommodation between 4.30pm and 5pm.

Nau mai, haere mai....come with us on a walking journey you will never forget!

PLEASE NOTE: Offer covers consecutive days of the week - not just weekends. Meals included are welcome platter and walking tour lunch only. Other meals to be supplied/self catered by guests. Own transport required. All bedding, linen and towels are provided.

Valid until 1st October 2021