Kaitoke Regional Park covers 2860 hectares in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges. The conifer-broadleaf rainforest in Kaitoke is typical of the original vegetation of the Akatarawa and Hutt Valleys. The abundant rata transforms the green forest to crimson from November to January.
Akatarawa Forest (PDF, 745KB)
The Akatarawas contain something for everyone - whether it's hunting, 4 wheel driving, trail biking, mountain biking, horse riding, tramping or fishing. The Forest covers 15,000 hectares of native and exotic forest. There are also several important wetlands in the Akatarawa and Whakatikei River catchments. Not to mention, all of the regions surviving forest bird species are found here including kaka and four species of nationally sparse or regionally critical fern.
Mt Climie (PDF, 1.6MB)
The walk to the summit of Mt Climie provides great views of the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, and across to the South Island. The lower forest exhibits successional progression from regenerating to mature forest and altitudinal progression from lowland beech forest to alpine vegetation. South of the No 2 trig (860 metres) is the only true snow tussock on the Remutaka Range.
Tane's Track (PDF, 2.5MB)
Pakuratahi Forest is an ecological corridor for native flora and fauna, particularly birds, between the Akatarawa, Tararua, Remutaka and Orongorongo Ranges. Tane's Track is popular for picnics, mountain biking and walking through the remnant native bush. It features a 221 metre long Mangaroa Tunnel built between 1875 and 1877. The Tunnel Gully recreational area contains swamp maire and large stands of terrestrial rata.
Domain & Barton's Bush (PDF, 1.8MB)
Barton's Bush is the largest remaining area of lowland mixed podocarp/broadleaf forest in the Hutt Valley. The tall emergent matai, kahikatea and totara, over a canopy of tawa is representative of the forest that once clothed the lower terraces of the Hutt (Heretaunga) River. The bush is often alive with tui, kereru and fantail.
Greater Wellington's cycling and walking journey planner website will automatically map the shortest route from your starting address to your destination address while avoiding unnecessary hills. You can use this website to plan your route to the biodiversity site you wish to check out.
New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy website. This website provides information about NZ's native biodiversity, what is being done to help conserve and manage it, and who is involved. It also explains what actions are being taken within NZ to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Wellington Regional Native Plant Guide This guide provides advice on how to use native plants to help our native ecosystems survive and flourish, while beautifying your garden or rural property.