Ruahine (wise woman) Forest Park, along with neighbouring parks, form an almost continuous chain of protected lands along the central North Island ranges. The range is unique in that it rises abruptly while being relatively narrow, providing high rainfall events - one trig station in the middle of the range records an annual rainfall of 5 metres. In the south these wet and cloudy conditions favour the dense growth of leatherwood (tupare), forming the largest unbroken expanse in the country.

The park offers visitors a wide array of recreation opportunities including hunting, mountain biking and tracks for both experienced trampers and day walkers. There is a comprehensive network of walks, tracks and huts for visitors to use when enjoying the park. While you're out and about look out for the sights and sounds of numerous native birds including North Island kaka, kereru and the rare blue duck (whio).

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  • Private Trip Apr 2015
  • ATC Apr 2010, Renfrew Rd via southern spur up to Mangahuia, down to Triangle hut, up spur to Te Hekenga, east to Tiraha, Maungamahue. Out to roadend via Rangiwahia Hut.
  • ATC May 2009, Hertitage Lodge over Tunupo down to Irongate Hut and out.
  • ATC Apr 2008,  Mangakukeke road to Purity Hut, Wooden Peg, down to Kelly Night hut, Pourangaki river to Pourangaki hut, up to Iron Peg, Mangaweka, Hikurangi and out to Kawhatau Base
  • ATC Apr 2006, Traverse from South to North starting at Kashmir Rd end to Longview Hut, Howletts Hut, Taumatataua, Sawtooth ridge, Rangioteatua, Waipawa Saddle, Te Atuaoparapara to Sunrise Hut and out to North Block roadend
  • Private Trip Jan 2006, Rangiwahai Hut and return. Petersons Road river bashed up Oroua river to Iron Gate hut and return.