Remutaka Forest Park
Remutaka Forest Park (spelled Rimutaka Forest Park prior to 2017) is a protected area near Wellington, New Zealand. Popular access points are south of Wainuiomata and in the upper Hutt Valley. The park covers 220 square kilometres (85 sq mi), encompassing the Catchpool Valley and the Orongorongo Valley at the southern end of the Remutaka Range. Established in 1972, the park contains several short walks and six huts that can be booked and accessed by longer bush tramps. The park is one part of several local conservation areas, as it borders the Pakuratahi Forest and the Tararua Range.
|Remutaka Forest Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||North Island, New Zealand|
|Nearest city||Lower Hutt|
|Area||22,000 hectares (54,000 acres)|
|Governing body||Department of Conservation|
The park includes the Remutaka Rail Trail, dis-established rail line that operated from 1878-1955 that is now used for mountain biking and walking.
In 2017, the name of the park (and range) was changed from "Rimutaka" to "Remutaka" following a treaty settlement with Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua. (The former name continues to be used in some online documents.)