The Rimutaka Range is part of a North Island mountain chain that runs from the Eastland down to Wellington. The Rimutakas identify the southern end of these mountains and divides Wellington from the nearby region of the Wairarapa.
This range extends from Turakirae Head a promontory on the southern coast of the North Island, to the end of the Hutt Valley marked by a the Rimutaka Hill Road. Beyond that boundary is the southern part of the Tararua Range.
The climate to the west of these mountains is wetter which creates a lush landscape. To the east a drier warmer climate helps support a burgeoning wine industry. Within the range itself, there lies lush temperate beech and rainforest as well as alpine vegetation. There are many great bush trails that pass through differing and rich flora accompanied by rivers such as the Wainuiomata River.
The Rimutaka Range is little known by tourists, but locals see it as a place to go bush which means to get away from it all. Hunting is permissible in the bush, excluding the portion within the Rimutaka Forest Park.