Kaimanawa Forest Park Activities

Mountain Biking, Fishing, Rafting & Kayaking.

Mountain biking in the Kaimanawa Forest Park

The park offers some opportunities for mountain biking. Horses, trail bikes, four wheel drives and offroad vehicles are not permitted on walking tracks or off formed roads. Please contact the DOC office in Turangi to find out where these activities are available.

Fishing in the Kaimanawa Forest Park

Most rivers in the park contain trout: some have both brown and rainbow trout (Rangitikei, Mohaka and Ngaruroro), while others have only rainbow (Waipakihi).

You must have a Taupo fishery licence to fish the rivers forming the Lake Taupo watershed. The remainder of the forest park is covered by Fish and Game Council licences. Fishing licences are available from sports shops.

Rafting and kayaking in the Kaimanawa Forest Park

The most popular river for both commercial and private rafters and kayakers is the Tongariro. The main access point within the park is at Poutu Intake off Kaimanawa Road. Fly-in access to the more remote Mohaka, Ngaruroro and Rangitīkei rivers is possible. All these rivers require a high level of skill and experience to negotiate.


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