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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.

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  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping
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      Getting there

      Catchpool Valley, 30 km from Wellington, is the most popular entrance to Rimutaka Forest Park.

      There are also entry points along the Western Lake Road in the Wairarapa - at Cross Creek (the start of the Rimutaka Rail Trail), Waiorongamai Track, Battery Stream/Papatahi Crossing and Ocean Beach.

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      Protecting kiwi from dogs

      The long-standing requirement to keep dogs on a lead in the Catchpool Valley will be enforced to protect North Island brown kiwi released into the park by the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust. 

      Dog access in Rimutaka Forest Park has more information and a map.


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