Early Maori used the Rimutakas as refuge and food source, and a major trail crossed the range. In colonial times an innovative Fell railway climbed the steep Rimutaka Incline.
Beech forest dominates much of the Rimutaka ranges. Find out more about the plant life you'll find in the Rimutaka Forest Park.
Relocated kiwi live alongside native bellbirds, tui, kaka, kereru and ruru. Deer, goats, pigs and possums are also present. These can be hunted in much of the park.
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