Manawatu/Whanganui region

Purity Hut, Ruahine Forest Park.

Purity Hut, Ruahine Forest Park

Map showing Manawatu/Whanganui region.

The Ruahine Forest Park covers an area of 94,000 ha which consists of tussock tops, craggy peaks, bush covered ranges and picturesque rivers. It offers considerable recreational opportunities including tramping, hunting, cross country skiing, kayaking, fishing, swimming and camping. There is a network of tracks and huts.

View the Western Ruahine Forest Park brochure (PDF, 1890K).

Alert/Important notice

 No vehicle access to Kawhatau Base

Previously there has been vehicle access to Kawhatau Base through private land but this access is no longer available. Alternative access is available by walking up the Kawhatau River from the Rangitane road bridge across the Kawhatau River.  Note this route may not be accessible during times of high river flow.


The forest park stretches almost 100 km from the Taruarau River in the north to the Manawatu Gorge in the South.

Find out more


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

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