Walks, Hikes and Huts
The Iron Gates Experience offers a fantastic selection of walks and hikes. From short, gentle strolls through native bush to overnight hikes into the Ruahine Ranges, there is something to suit everyone.
Staying Safe Outdoors
Below information is from the Department of Conservation website.
Know before you go
Ruahine Forest Park is characterised by a cool, cloudy climate with heavy rain at times. The area is renown for strong winds especially in the southern ranges, and there can be snow at any time of the year.
Get local advice on track and weather conditions before setting out.
Extreme fire conditions can exist during summer. The park is a restricted fire area, which means permits to light fires are required all year round.
Only registered, avian aversion certified hunting dogs, Guide dogs, companion dogs (certified by the Top Dog Companion Trust) and dogs used for special services (including conservation management activities) are permitted in the park. All other dogs are banned.
The Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) topographical maps that cover the Ruahine Forest Park are:
Whether you are hiking for a day or camping overnight, plan to get there safely. Make sure you use the Outdoor Safety Code as a guide for essential preparation, complete your Outdoors Intentions, and stick to the marked tracks. Not all of these walks and tracks are maintained by Department of Conservation, so please pay attention to the information given and ensure that you are well equipped to the walk you choose, & always follow the Outdoor Safety Code.
Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies
For more information visit Adventure Smart