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Kaweka Forest Park
Kaweka Range, New Zealand 05.JPG
The Kaweka Range near Two Tits (1418 m)
Location North Island, New Zealand
Nearest town Napier
Area 59,425.7 hectares (146,844 acres)
Governing body Department of Conservation

Kaweka Forest Park is in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand, adjacent to Kaimanawa Forest Park. This region of the central North Island contains large tracts of pine plantations, some of them also within the park, and as a consequence, invasive wilding conifers are present throughout the 594 km2 (229 sq mi) park.

The highest peak in the park is Kaweka at 1,724 metres (5,656 ft).

The Mangatutu Hot Springs, in the vicinity of the Mohaka River, are in the park.

History

In the late 1800s European settlers cleared the land for farming. However, the steep terrain and poor soil made it difficult to farm. By 1900 farming had ceased, and the park became a State Forest in the 1960s. During this period it was replanted with exotic pine trees and was turned into a Forest Park in 1972.

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