Welcome! Nau Mai, Haere Mai!
The Catchpool Valley is a special part of the Rimutaka Forest Park. Kiwi Ranger will help you explore the precious treasures of the forest, Ngā Taonga o te Ngahere. Discover why so many people look after this place by planting trees, tracking kiwi or trapping pests.
Draw wild designs inspired by nature, map birdsong in the park, go on a Rimutaka scavenger hunt, wriggle your toes in the pristine mountain water, or, imagine roaming the hills as a kiwi. Finish up by thinking of something you can do at home that’s good for nature, people and the environment.
If you’re aged 6 and under do 5 activities, between 7 and 9 do 6 activities, and if you’re aged between 10 and 110 do 7! But don’t stop there – why not do all 14 activities!
Getting a booklet…
Pick up your free Kiwi Ranger booklet from the Wellington DOC Visitor Centre, Hutt Valley i-site or Wainuiomata Library. Or fill in the online form at the end of this page and we’ll email a pdf to you.
Getting your badge…
When you’ve completed your activities, take your booklet back to the Wainuiomata Library, Hutt Valley i-site or Wellington DOC Visitor Centre to receive your badge. Or you can post your completed booklet to Rimutaka Forest Park Kiwi Ranger, Department of Conservation, PO Box 5086, Wellington 6145, and we’ll post your badge and booklet back to you.
Tell us what you’ll do!
The last activity asks what you’ll do when you get home that’s good for nature, people and your environment. Send us your ideas and feedback here!
Information from the Department of Conservation about the area can be found here, including information about dog access in Rimutaka Forest Park. Visit the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust website for more information on how you can help look after kiwi in the park.
Rimutaka Forest Park booklet