The Rimutaka Forest Park skyline from Wellington city
The 22,000 ha Rimutaka Forest Park encompasses much of the Rimutaka Range. Easily accessible from Wellington, the area is popular with trampers and hunters. The popular Catchpool Valley recreational area is just 30 km from Wellington.
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Find out about the history and natural history of the Rimutaka Forest Park.
A network of tracks in Rimutaka Forest Park provides good access to many areas suitable for walking and hunting.
As well as the DOC huts on the Wairarapa side of Rimutaka Forest Park, you can stay at the campground in Catchpool Valley or book one of the Orongorongo Valley huts.
Find out how you get to Rimutaka Forest Park and review the safety and other rules you need to follow to protect yourself and the park.
Catchpool Valley is the most popular entrance to Rimutaka Forest Park. It includes Orongorongo Valley and its booked huts.
Find out about where you can and can't take your dog in the Rimutaka Forest Park.
Students can explore cultural sites, native bush, wildlife habitats, river catchments, mountain ranges and more in Rimutaka Forest Park.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Rimutaka Forest Park.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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