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Ruahine Forest Park

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The Ruahine Forest Park covers an area of 94,000 ha which consists of tussock tops, craggy peaks, bush covered ranges and picturesque rivers. It offers considerable recreational opportunities. There is a network of tracks and huts.

Address: Ruahine Forest Park, New Zealand Manawatu, Whanganui



Activities in Western Ruahine Forest Park Tramping A range of walks and tramps are available in this area from short nature walks, day trips to the open tops through to lengthy tramps throughout the ranges. Although many of the tops are unmarked, an experienced tramper can traverse the "tops" to get access to other tracks and huts. This is a backcountry area with steep, rugged terrain and weather patterns which can change quickly. Care must be taken at all times. Poled routes may be difficult to see in poor weather conditions. Hunting Hunting is a major recreational use of the park. It is important to note that while dogs are permitted without a permit on the western side of the range, dogs entering the eastern side must have a permit and be trained in kiwi aversion. All hunters require a hunting permit. You can get permits from the Department of Conservation Snow skiing Although attempts to develop snow skiing began in the 1930s there is now no formal skifield. Today the ranges are sometimes used for cross-country skiing, especially in the Rangiwahia area. Fishing Trout fishing is a popular activity on several of the park


Ruahine Forest Park, New Zealand

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