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Rimutaka Forest Park

A short video about Rimutaka 

Rimutaka Forest Park consists of 22,000 hectares of the Rimutaka Range. Easily accessible from Wellington, The popular Catchpool Valley recreational area is just 30 kms from the capital.

Eight species of moa once roamed the area which still contains some native birdlife, including bellbirds, tui, kaka, kereru and ruru. Red deer, goats, pigs and possums are also present. Recreational hunting is encouraged except in the Catchpool Valley and some other areas due to high public usage.

The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust began releasing North Island brown kiwi into the park in May 2006. It was the first ever kiwi translocation planned and executed entirely by an independent trust.

Volunteers from the trust and local tramping groups spent two years controlling stoats in a 1000 ha area to provide a safe habitat for the release of up to 20 kiwi from BNZ Kiwi Recovery.

Wildlife highlights: North Island brown kiwi, New Zealand wood pigeons (Kereru), Wellington Green Gecko lizard, New Zealand Forest Geckos.

Location: Rimutaka Forest Park lies at the south east corner of N Zealand's north Island, east Wellington and Upper Hutt.


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