Mt Holdsworth from Jumbo Peak
The Tararua Range provides the people of Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape at their back door.
At 116,535 ha it is the largest conservation park managed by DOC in the North Island.
The main entrance on the eastern side of the park is Holdsworth. On the western side it is Otaki Forks. Waiohine Gorge is a popular gateway to southeastern Tararua Forest Park.
A number of alerts have been issued for the Park.
Please view the Wairarapa and Wellington Kapiti alerts pages for more information.
The public have freedom of access to the Tararua Forest Park and are encouraged to visit; the only restrictions apply to carrying firearms, management of dogs and lighting fires. Most other adjoining public land is open except for restricted access to water supply catchments.
Find out about the history and natural history of the Tararua Forest Park.
Recreational opportunities in the Tararua Forest Park include tramping, short walks, hunting, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, rafting, kayaking and swimming.
There are a number of DOC campsites and many DOC huts throughout Tararua Forest Park.
Find out how to get to Tararua Forest Park and how to be safe and prepared in the park
Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of Tararua Forest Park. Holdsworth offers camping, a lodge, picnic facilities, swimming in Atiwhakatu Stream and a range of walks.
Otaki Forks is the main western entrance to the Tararua Forest Park. The area has been developed for a wide range of activities.
Waiohine Gorge is a popular camping and recreation area and entrance to southeastern Tararua Forest Park.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Tararua Forest Park.
Weather for Tararua Forest Park
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Wairarapa places