Aorangi Forest Park is popular with recreational hunters and trampers and is about 50 minutes drive south of Martinborough.
MOUNTAIN ALERTS should always be checked here before departing on a tramp into the mountains. Note that there isn't a specific Aorangi Forest Park forecast and this is the Tararua Forest Park link.
Hut Tickets are essential for an overnight stay in a back country hut. Purchase your hut tickets and hut passes at the Masterton i-SITE Visitor Centre.
Topographical Maps are available for purchase at i-SITE Visitor Centres.
Personal Locator Beacons effective to 62m and monitored by the NZ Rescue Coordination Centre. Just $5 per day! Bookings essential +64 6 370 0155.
The park and surrounding area features some of New Zealand’s most striking landforms. They include the Putangirua Pinnacles, earth pillars formed by the erosive forces of rain and floods; high slabs of rock known as Kupe’s Sail near Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and the coastal Whatarangi Bluff near Ngawi.
The park also contains Maori occupation sites - a kainga (a resting and eating place for travellers) and the Putangirua Pa site, on a steep outcrop.