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)
Kiwi Aversion Training for Dogs - Saturday 12th November & Sunday 13th November, 2016
Attention Dog Owners:
Rimutaka Forest Park Trust is running two days of kiwi aversion training sessions for hunting or pet dogs on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November with our experienced trainer, Jim Pottinger.
This training is for dogs that are due a refresher course and also for new dogs.
The training will be held at the Catchpool Centre near the main entrance to the Rimutaka Forest Park, 300m in from the Coast Road, Wainuiomata.
This is provided to you at a small cost of $10 per dog (up to a maximum of $30 for 3 or more dogs). We have some sponsorship which will cover the remaining training fee.
Get your dog trained:
Would you ike to book in your dog(s)? We will try to accommodate your preferred time; morning, midday or afternoon, but times need to be little flexible as the time taken to train a dog varies from 10 minutes to 20 minutes and some time slots are more popular. For a booking, we need your preferred day and time preference, plus full name and phone number and your dog’s name.
Please reply by email, to Rosemary Thompson .
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...|
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