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About Us

Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust is a non-profit community group committed to protecting and restoring the unique flora and fauna of the Rimutaka Forest Park located east of Wainuiomata, near Wellington, New Zealand.

We believe that the Trust, in partnership with the local community and Tangata Whenua - and with support from the Department of Conservation (DoC), local bodies and a myriad of interested groups - can succeed in restoring a self-sustaining natural biodiversity where indigenous flora and fauna will flourish and allow visitors to the park unlimited access to the precious taonga o te ngahere o Aotearoa.

The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust was formed in October 1988 to stimulate public interest in conservation areas, encourage interactive research and environmental programmes and to cooperate with DoC in the fullest development of the Park.

The Trust is an Incorporated Society and registered charity, supported by an entirely voluntary workforce.

Membership Fees - 2017

In 2012 the Trust committee slightly raised the annual membership fees. They remain the same in 2017 and are as follows:

Individual member: $20
Each additional Family Member: $15
Associate, School or Corporate Membership: $45

(All prices are in New Zealand Dollars)

Annual Report - 2017

View our latest Annual Report here:-2017 Annual Report.

(Previous year's Annual Reports can be accessed from our Downloads Page.)

The Trust committee meets every six weeks and is always keen to hear from anyone prepared to take a more active role in the Trust's activities, whether physical - with expertise or skills - or by supporting the trust as a paid up member - or any combination of the above! Alternatively, you can help to Save Our Kiwi (and other native wildlife) by sponsoring a trap, a kiwi, or tree. (More...)

Download our RFPT Flyer: View the latest version of our flyer in PDF format here:

View our 5MBC data and acoustic recorder analysis here:

5 Minute Bird Count Network

Acoustic Recording Programme - 2016 Report

Wanted!! Volunteers for various roles within the Trust. (More...)

Rock pool at Graces Stream

Rock pool at Graces Stream near the Old Five Mile Track Loop and the new free campsite area. This is a stunningly beautiful camping site where entire families of New Zealanders have been camping for generations. (Photo credit: PC.)

Lowland beech forest viewed from the Orongorongo Track, Rimutaka Forest ParkMagnificent lowland broadleaf forest - mixed with beech and nikau groves - surrounds you as you walk along many sections of the Orongorongo Track to the river in the Rimutaka Forest Park, one of New Zealand's most easily accessible and popular bush walking areas. Photo credit: PC.

The beautiful Graces Stream camp site area in the Rimutaka Forest Park.