Mount Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of the Tararua Forest Park. Set against the backdrop of some of the highest peaks in the Tararua Range, Holdsworth offers short walks and longer tramps through attractive forest and higher up into the alpine environment.
The picturesque Atiwhakatu Stream passes through the area, which is home to a diverse range of bird and insect life.
There is good riverside camping at Mount Holdsworth with plenty of open space.
Access to Mount Holdsworth is off State Highway 2 down Norfolk Road near Masterton. Follow Norfolk Road for about 20 minutes where it ends at Mount Holdsworth.
Donnelly Flat – 1 hour round trip
The walking track to Donnelly Flat passes through some of the best mixed podocarp/broadleaf forest in the Tararua Range. Rimu, miro and northern rata tower over a canopy of kamahi, red beech and silver beech. Donnelly Flat is an attractive picnic and campsite.
The 1 km long nature walk sidles through podocarp/broadleaf forest above the flats to rejoin the foot of the Gentle Annie Track.
Rocky Lookout – 2 hours return
The Rocky Lookout on the Gentle Annie Track provides a panoramic view of Mount Holdsworth and the upper Atiwhakatu valley. Powell Hut and Jumbo Hut, the most popular tramps in the park, can be seen from here.