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),[2] 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)[1]
Catchpool Valley
Remutaka Forest Park
LocationNorth Island, New Zealand
Nearest cityLower Hutt
Coordinates41.36°S 175°E / -41.36; 175
Area22,000 hectares (54,000 acres) [2]
Established1972
Governing bodyDepartment of Conservation
Websitedoc.govt.nz

The park includes the Remutaka Rail Trail, dis-established rail line that operated from 1878-1955[3] 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.[4] (The former name continues to be used in some online documents.)