Be Guided

Be guided offers those not familiar with the Tararua Forest Park or hiking in New Zealand an opportunity to access some of the beautiful Wairarapa forest. The Tararua Forest Park is the largest in the North Island and all our tours depart from the Mount Holdsworth (Taratahi) entrance to the forest park, which is accessed by following Norfolk Road from SH 2, which then forks left onto Mount Holdsworth Road and ends at the forest park.

Choose from one of the two tour options below or work with us to design something especially for your needs.

We will provide full details of what to bring with your registration confirmation. However for a bit of early preparation, you will be required to bring a rain coat and a small day pack or shoulder bag to carry your items. Sturdy footwear, no open toed shoes, wearing or bringing warm clothing layers is always a good idea, as is wearing either shorts (with or without thermals underneath), or quick dry long trousers. (Jeans in the NZ bush are not a good idea).

Toilets are available at the start of the track. These are called long drops and do not flush. Your guide will have toilet paper and hand sanitiser available. If you need a toilet stop further into the trip, the principles found in the leave no trace link below will apply.

Option 1
Up to two hours in the Donnelly flats area, where you will take in the beautiful forest and the Atiwhakatu River, walk among towering trees, while learning some of the forest parks history. I’ll boil the billy for a cuppa and we can let nature soak into us. price is

  • $75.00 for two adults.
  • additional adults are $25 each.
  • Children are $15 each, and need to be keen to walk and be supervised.
  • Group size is from 2-12.

Book now on the form below



Option 2
A trip of around 4 hours, walking for about an hour and fifteen minutes each way. Depending on the weather and the group we can go up hill to Rocky Lookout for views over the Wairarapa valley and look back to the main range. Or take the easier beautiful track above the river with bridged crossings over side creeks and a memorable walk across a swing bridge. We will also do some basic bushcraft activities such as how to find shelter in the bush and how to make an emergency fire. And for lunch I’ll cook you the classic kiwi sausage, wrapped in bread (meat or vegetarian), and boil the billy for a cuppa Price is

  • $135.00 for two adults
  • additional adults $45 each.
  • Children are $30 each but should be ten years or older.
  • group size is from 2 – 12.
  • Book now on the form below

Live like the river flows is committed to the Seven principles of Leave No Trace NZ as the best practice for enjoying and conserving our environment.

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