Hiker, in Kaweka Forest Park, near Kuripapango

Image: Brian Dobbie | ©


Kaweka Forest Park has alpine shrublands, tussock valleys and beech forests. It offers rafting, canoeing, hunting and fishing, hot springs and tramping for both experienced trampers and day walkers.


  • Picnic and camping spots are located at roadends.

Place overview


  • Picnic tables


  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

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Find things to do and places to stay Kaweka Forest Park

About this place

Getting there

Kaweka Forest Park is north-west of Napier.

Know before you go


This is a mountainous area. Visitors should be prepared for sudden weather changes, whiteouts, high winds on the ranges and rapidly rising water levels in rivers and streams. The Puketitiri area is in the rain shadow of the Kaweka Ranges.


Extreme fire conditions can exist during summer. The park is a restricted fire area, which means permits to light fires are required all year round.

Kuripapango (Ox Bow) and the Mangatutu campsites have a year round total fire ban for public safety. No fires are permitted in these areas


The Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) topographical maps that cover the Kaweka Forest Park are:

Topo50 map BH36 - Motutere
Topo50 map BH37 - Rangitaiki
Topo50 map BH38 - Te Haroto
Topo50 map BJ36 - Tawake Tohunga
Topo50 map BJ37 - Kuripapango 
Topo50 map BJ38 - Te Pohue
Topo50 map BK37 - Tikokino


Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone:   +64 6 834 3111
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
Address:   59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Postal Address:   PO Box 644
Napier 4140
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