Activities in Aorangi Forest Park

Tracks and walks

Tramping track

A two to three day walk across the southern Aorangi range offers stunning views of Palliser Bay across to the Rimutakas. The track can be accessed from the caretaker’s residence at Te Kopi along the Cape Palliser Road or from Mangatoetoe, further along the coastline just south of Ngawi.

Other walks

Other activities

Recreational hunting, tramping, walking, cycling, off-roading, horse riding and camping are activities you can enjoy in and around the Aorangi Forest Park.

The western side of the southern section of the park is the most popular, particularly for hunters, because of the ease of access by road and on foot, and the greater number of animals in the southern region. The five valleys that can be reached from Cape Palliser Road offer a wide scope for hunting deer, pigs and the occasional goat.

The Cape Palliser coast is popular for surfcasting, diving, surfing, and picnicking. It is, however, unsafe for swimming.

You can cycle around the Cape Palliser coastline.

Four wheel driving

A 26 km route through the park from Te Kopi to Waikuku on the Aorangi Road, south of Martinborough is opened up to four wheel drive enthusiasts, motorists and cyclists several times a year. The Department of Conservation is supporting the Akatarawa Recreational Access Committee to provide this unique off road opportunity. For details of the open days contact Rod Lonsdale from ARAC. Phone: +64  6 308 8091.

Horse riding

Use the four wheel drive track from Te Kopi to Waikuku. The Akatarawa Recreational Commitee (ARAC) manages this track and has the key for the Te Kopi gate. Contact Rod Lonsdale from ARAC. Phone: +64 308 8091

Mountain biking

The Aorangi Crossing is an advanced ride that involves a challenging hill climb. A high level of fitness is recommended for this 27km ride and an early to mid morning start is advised, particularly if a return trip is planned. Start from Haurangi Road, passing by Waikuku Lodge and Sutherlands Hut. You can include a diversion to the Putangirua Pinnacles before exiting the park at Te Kopi.


Aorangi Forest Park is a Recreational Hunting Area. Commercial hunting is not permitted. See hunting in Aorangi Forest Park.

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Pōneke / Wellington Visitor Centre
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