Hard fern in Ruahine Forest Park
Image: Jack Mace | ©



The Ruahine Forest Park consists of beautiful bush-covered ranges with a range of recreation opportunities.

Find things to do and places to stay Ruahine Forest Park

Takapari Rd takes an 11 km climb up to A-Frame Hut. Enjoy extensive views to east and west coasts from the tops. Be prepared for extreme weather conditions. Check beforehand that the road is open for vehicles.

On the southern end of the Ruahine Range is the Wharite television transmitter. The access road to the transmitter provides a scenic drive up to a picnic area where views of the surrounding countryside, wind turbines and Palmerston North are found. This road can become impassable at times due to snow and other extreme weather conditions.


Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:   +64 6 350 9700
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   manawatu@doc.govt.nz
Address:   28 North Street
Palmerston North 4410
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11010
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442
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