Wairarapa region

Mt Holdsworth from Jumbo Peak. Photo: Jeremy Rolfe.

Mt Holdsworth from Jumbo Peak

Map showing Wairarapa region.

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.

Alert/Important notice

 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.


Tararua Forest Park includes more than three-quarters of the Tararua range, and extends from the Pahiatua Track in the north, to the Rimutaka Saddle on SH 2 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

Alerts for Wairarapa places


Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
Phone:      +64 6 377 0700
Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
Full office details

Pōneke / Wellington Office
Phone:      +64 4 470 8412
Email:   wellington@doc.govt.nz
Full office details