The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
Walking & Trekking
Kawakawa Station walk is a 1- or 3 day, 3 night walk through farmland, river valleys and native bush. Views of Cook Strait and South Island, cool comfortable accommodation and great food are highlights.
The Barra Track to Mitre Flats is excellent as that first, slightly more challenging family tramp. The tramp is just 15 minutes from Masterton at the end of Upper Waingawa Road; in the Tararuas.
Spectacular scenery, gourmet food and warm Wairarapa hospitality – the Tora Coastal Walk has it all! An amazing 3 day walk among private hill-country farms, river valleys, native bush, streams, hilltop ridges and the magnificent Tora coastline. To top each day off you will enjoy homemade food and a well earned rest in comfortable accommodation.
The Putangirua Pinnacles are some of the most amazing rock formations you’ll ever see. Allow at least two hours return and take food and water. One of the most incredible walks in the Wairarapa.
The Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit is a two to three day tramp to some of the best alpine tops travel in the Tararua Forest Park. The bush tracks are all well marked and signposted and streams are bridged.
Totara Flats Hut is in a beautiful setting at the confluence of the Waiohine River and Totara Creek. At one end of the tramp the track crosses the Waiohine Gorge suspension bridge, the largest of its kind in New Zealand.
One of the most popular day trips in the park is the climb to Mountain House Shelter along the easy grade of the Gentle Annie Track.
Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of the Tararua Forest Park. Set against the backdrop of some of the highest peaks in the Tararua Range, Holdsworth offers short walks and longer tramps through attractive forest and higher up into the alpine environment.
Powell Hut and Mount Holdsworth is a classic tramping route in the Tararua Range. The route to the summit of Mount Holdsworth (1,470 metres) is exposed to winds but otherwise straight-forward and the views are well worth the effort.