About Owhaoko A Lands Trust

The Owhaoko A East and A1B blocks are 6,743 hectares of mountainous land nestled between the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Forests in the central north island of New Zealand.

With steep hillsides draining into open alluvial terraces alongside the Ngaruroro River, these lands have nourished and provided for the people who lived and travelled through the area for hundreds of years.

The topography of the land has been affected by numerous volcanic eruptions over thousands of years. The highest point, Makokomiko, towers at 1454m (4770 ft) above sea level, with a few cabins dotted around the peaks and valleys of the land.

Whilst the climate is cool year round, there is a wide array of native plants across the lands, including a number of rare species. Mountain Beech and Manuka scrub are abundant on the warmer hillsides, whilst red tussock thrives on the valley floors.

Some of the land was used for farming in the last century, however when farming ceased the land reverted back to a natural state and is now home to wild Sika Deer and indigenous wildlife. The land is currently used by hunters during two hunting periods a year. Over summer the land is home to millions of bees which produce Manuka Honey – the income from which has enabled the Trust to build a new Whare to host visitors on the land.