Hawke's Bay region

Looking south to Ruahine Range, Ruahine Forest Park. Photo: Catherine Tiffen.

Looking south to the Ruahine Ranges, Ruahine Forest Park

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Ruahine (wise woman) Forest Park, along with neighbouring parks, form an almost continuous chain of protected lands along the central North Island ranges. The range is unique in that it rises abruptly while being relatively narrow, providing high rainfall events - one trig station in the middle of the range records an annual rainfall of 5 metres. In the south these wet and cloudy conditions favour the dense growth of leatherwood (tupare), forming the largest unbroken expanse in the country.

The park offers visitors a wide array of recreation opportunities including hunting, mountain biking and tracks for both experienced trampers and day walkers. There is a comprehensive network of walks, tracks and huts for visitors to use when enjoying the park. While you're out and about look out for the sights and sounds of numerous native birds including North Island kaka, kereru and the rare blue duck (whio).

View the Eastern Ruahine Forest Park brochure (PDF, 706K).

Alert/Important notice

 Be aware of park boundaries

Please ensure that you are familiar with the Ruahine Forest Park boundaries as trespassing onto neighbouring private properties by individuals will result in the loss of public access for all, and prosecution for the individual.


As Ruahine Forest Park is almost 100 kilometres in length it can be accessed from a variety of towns on State Highway 2, including Waipukurau, Dannevirke and Woodville.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Hawke's Bay places


Hawke's Bay Regional Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 834 3111
Address:   Conservation House
59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
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