Aorangi Forest Park


Enjoy the sights, tramping and hunting opportunities available in Aorangi Forest Park.

Find things to do and places to stay Aorangi Forest Park

A two to three day walk across the southern Aorangi range offers stunning views of Palliser Bay across to the Rimutakas. The track can be accessed from the caretaker’s residence at Te Kopi along the Cape Palliser Road or from Mangatoetoe, further along the coastline just south of Ngawi.

A 26 km route through the park from Te Kopi to Waikuku on the Aorangi Road, south of Martinborough is opened up to four wheel drive enthusiasts, motorists and cyclists several times a year.

DOC is supporting the Akatarawa Recreational Access Committee (ARAC) to provide this unique off road opportunity. For open days contact Ian Wishart from ARAC by calling +64 27 444 0196.

ARAC website.

Use the four wheel drive track from Te Kopi to Waikuku. The Akatarawa Recreational Commitee (ARAC) manages this track and has the key for the Te Kopi gate. Contact Ian Wishart from ARAC for the key by calling +64 27 444 0196.

The Aorangi Crossing is an advanced ride that involves a challenging hill climb. A high level of fitness is recommended for this 27km ride and an early to mid morning start is advised, particularly if a return trip is planned. Start from Haurangi Road, passing by Waikuku Lodge and Sutherlands Hut. You can include a diversion to the Putangirua Pinnacles before exiting the park at Te Kopi.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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