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The Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust is a community project committed to protecting and restoring the unique flora and fauna of the Rimutaka Forest Park located near New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.

Rimutaka Forest Park is a magnificent area of mostly native forest in the hills east of 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 22,500 hectare 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)

It has been active in bringing about many improvements to the Park and to the Catchpool Stream picnic areas and camping grounds. (Download our flyer here...)

Our "Restore the Dawn Chorus" project is now in its 17th year and our flagship "Kiwi Project" has produced a large number of beautiful baby kiwi chicks!

View our latest Newsletter here:

Rimu-talker June 2017 (PDF ~750Kb)

President's Annual Report - 2017 (PDF ~1.6Mb)

 Recent Events...

US Embassy (NZ) staff with visiting former Chief of Forestry, Dale Bosworth and RFPT President, Geoff Cameron.

US Embassy (NZ) staff with visiting former Chief of United States Forest Service, Dale Bosworth and RFPT President, Geoff Cameron at the Catchpool Centre, Rimutaka Forest Park.

Chief Bosworth is in New Zealand on an official US State Department speaking tour, during which time he has visited many forestry-related organisations and research institutions. We were delighted that he came to visit us at the Catchpool on a somewhat damp Friday afternoon to learn more about our conservation-related community volunteer efforts - and to reminisce about forestry matters with another lifetime career forester, Geoff Cameron.
Photo credit: PC.

Trust members with Hutt City Council Mayor, Ray Wallace, at the finalist's dinner for the Wellington Airport Regional Community Volunteers Awards, 2017

Trust members with Hutt City Council Mayor, Ray Wallace, at the finalist's dinner for the Wellington Airport Regional Community  Awards, 2017. Photo credit: Wellington Airport.

Certificate for Heritage & Environment Award won by the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust in August 2017

Rimutaka Forest Park Trust volunteers won the Heritage & Environment award at the 2017 Hutt City Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards too. Well done team!

Heritage & Environment Award certificate for the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards 2017

The Heritage & Environment Award certificate presented to the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards 2017.

Kiwi Aversion Training 2017

The kiwi dog avoidance training scheduled for the weekend of the 30th September/1st October 2017 has had to be postponed until the New Year. We sincerely apologise for this delay.

As an organisation the Trust has always tried to offer this service twice a year and this is the first time in 10 years we have not managed to do so.

We will hold the next training early in 2018 and will give a month’s notice once the date is finalised. If you need your dog aversion trained prior to entering a National Park or kiwi area, then please contact:

Central North Island:

Jim Pottinger on 021 259 8299 or (07) 892 2707/ (07) 892 2691.


Willie Marsh on 027 385 819 or (06) 3765155.

Or for other areas, look at the Kiwi Dog Trainers' Directory


Rosemary Thompson & Melody McLaughlin - RFP Trust Kiwi Aversion Training Team.

Acoustic recorder on a tree set to record bird song

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

(Adobe Acrobat Reader format: PDF, approx. 4Mb)

Kiwi Spy

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:

Alan Thompson's Kiwi Spy device (Mark II)

NatureWatch NZ - Rimutaka Observations

North Island Brown 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...

DoC Hotline: 0800 362 468

(0800 DOCHOTline)

Bird Call Prototype Trial:

Our resident electronics Wiz has done it again! This time around, Alan Thompson has created some hand-powered bird call stations to accompany our recently installed interpretive signs.

Check the video out here:

You Tube


Bird Caller Prototype (Mark I)

Prototype #1 of the hand-cranked bird call station affixed to one of our new native bird information panels. Several improved versions are now deployed on appropriate panels displaying the birds that the calls on the player represent.