Rimutaka Forest Park is a magnificent area of mostly native forest in the hills east of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.
It encompasses the Rimutaka Ranges and the Orongorongo River, just north of the spectacular earthquake terraces and seal colony at the Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve.
The Park is characterised by steep, bush-clad hills and narrow fern-filled valleys cut by abundant freshwater streams and the beautiful Orongorongo River.
Throughout the park, there are many well-formed and signposted walking tracks appealing to bushwalkers and nature lovers of every age and state of fitness.
The park is easily accessed by road from Wellington or Lower Hutt. Simply take the hill road to Wainuiomata and follow all the signs to the Coast Road/ Rimutaka Forest Park and then turn left at the Catchpool Stream access road into the Park. (See Map)
The Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust is committed to preserve and restore the natural and historic resources of the Rimutaka Forest Park valleys and environs... (More)
Acoustic survey of the diurnal bird population in the Rimutaka Forest Park
In December of 2015 the Trust deployed acoustic recorders at 75 sites in the Rimutaka Forest Park, in order to estimate the relative abundance of diurnal bird species. This was the first time such a comprehensive survey of day birds had been carried out in our region. We followed the counting protocol used by researchers at Victoria University of Wellington. (More...)
Read the full report here: Report: Acoustic Monitoring - RFPT
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What's hidden down there in that deep, dark burrow? Here's a really good way to reveal all!
Read all about Alan Thompson's Kiwi Spy device here:
Sponsor a Trap
By sponsoring a trap for only $30 each you will not only Save Kiwi and other native birds, but also help with the:
- maintenance of traps
- supply of baits
- training and equipment for volunteer trappers
- monitoring & protection for the released kiwi
|Want to hear what a male Brown Kiwi sounds like? Here are two of them calling to each other on the first night of their release into the Rimutaka Forest Park. (848kb wav Recording, courtesy S. Ellis) Click the kiwi to play...|
Why not join us?
New members are always welcome! We have many different and interesting roles to fill for keen volunteers. Learning opportunities abound and you'll enjoy the company of many great characters among our existing members! Perhaps you have some specialist skills that you'd like to contribute to assist us in attaining our long-term goals and objectives? If so, please complete the Membership Application Form here... and send it in to the Membership Secretary by mail or email. (For address details, click here...)
Give a Gift that Makes a Difference...
Here's an idea that might solve your gift-giving dilemma AND Save the Planet!
The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust has some excellent Sponsorship Package Options available for those who wish to support our conservation efforts and delight the receiver with a thoughtful gift that will last for years and contribute to improving the health of our wonderful native biodiversity.
For example, you can:
Sponsor a Kiwi ($50) and/or
Sponsor a Trap ($30) and/or
Sponsor a Tree ($30)
For more details of our various sponsorship packages, please click here...