Find out about the history and natural history of the Tararua Forest Park.

Since Tararua was established as the first of a series of forest parks (in 1954), it has grown in size over the years with the addition of areas of forest around its periphery.

The park has a very important role in conserving the indigenous biodiversity of the lower North Island. The Tararua Range's forests, subalpine shrublands, snow tussocks, and the soils that they protect, also play a crucial role in conserving water quality and supply, and minimising flood risk to the surrounding lowlands.

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