Experience What We Live For!


Experience What We Live For!

Horse Riding

We have been doing horse treks through the native forests for over 15 years. Our horse treks are a minimum of 2 hours crossing rivers, riding through native and pine forests…

Free Game Hunting

Hunting pigs and deer is our passion, we offer a real experience of hunting in New Zealand’s native forests, with our own trained pig dogs and plenty of game around it’s almost…

Day Walks

There are plenty of day walks ranging from all day walks to just a couple of hours. These tracks are well looked after from DOC along the way you will see flowing rivers and hear…

Trout Fishing

The Whirinaki River is one of the largest tributaries of the Rangitaiki River and provides excellent fishing for a large population of both rainbow and brown trout in very clear water…

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A Hidden Retreat

Whirinaki forest holidays & jailhouse Shuttles is situated on the eastern boundary of the Te Urewera National Park in Te Whaiti which is 5kms from the Minginui Village.
We have three fully self-contained units that can sleep a total of 18 guests and there is space for tents, caravans also.

We have been operating for over 20 years and are the longest tourist operator in the region. View our accommodation options.

We are situated right in the heart of the Whirinaki forest park, which makes easy access to the national park. We are located only 15 minutes from the main access point to the majority of the popular walking tracks. We provide a shuttle service to these tracks or transport in your vehicle. With free car care while you are away.

Whirinaki forest hosts a range of activities that the whole family can enjoy with your host Garry Aldridge.

• Guided hunting and fishing
• Guided horse riding through the native and pine forests
• Spotlighting for possums, rabbits, or deer
• Learn more about our activities here

So if your wanting that quiet fun relaxing break away from the city or are in need of that family fun filled getaway that's not going to break the bank then book with us today!



Nothing Like A Home Cooked Meal
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The continental breakfast will include a selection of cereals, toast and spreads, coffee, tea and juice…
We have two options available for breakfast either a cooked or a continental breakfast. The cooked breakfast will include most if not all Bacon, eggs, harsh browns, tomatoes, baked beans, spaghetti, mushrooms, toast and spreads, porridge, coffee, tea and juice.
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You can either have a packed lunch or lunch back at lodge. The lunch will include filled rolls, muesli bars…
You can either have a packed lunch or lunch back at lodge. The lunch will include filled rolls, muesli bars, fruit, drinks and if the cook is having a good day maybe some hot scones.
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Dinner will be prepared for you at the time you want it. Our evening meals are a set menu and will include either roast chicken,..
Wild pork or beef with roast potatoes, kumara, pumpkin and some greens either peas, cabbage, silver beat and homemade gravy. If you want a specific meat or have any special requests, please let us know when you book. During the summer time, we can cook a BBQ with meats and salads. With every dinner, there will be a desert with Ice cream


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