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Updated 7 May 2019 3:10pm

Helicopter Operation - Mt Wainui Repeater

Titi Road, Mt Wainui area helicopter operation will be on Wednesday, 14 November 2018. Traffic control measures will be in place, please follow Wellington Regional Council staff instructions.

Pig hunting aims to minimise environmental damage - 1 Nov 2018 


Pig hunting will be permitted in some areas of Wellington’s regional parks and plantation forests in a one-year trial by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Hunters can apply now for permits to hunt in Puketiro Plantation Forest and Valley View Forest from today (1 November) and in Kaitoke Regional Park from 1 December. 

River Closed Hazards Ahead - Sept 2018

Forestry operations are taking place above the Whakatiki River between the junction of Wainui Stream and Rallywoods Bridge. Due to the risks from wire ropes/fallen trees this section of river will be closed from the 3rd September 2018 until forestry operations have been completed in 4-5 weeks.

For any further inquiries please contact the Forest Ranger: 0274788106

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Cannon Point walkway now open - July 2018

People looking to walk Upper Hutt’s Cannon Point Walkway can now do so following the re-opening to the public of its zig zag access section following its closure in December 2017.

This is one of Upper Hutt’s most popular bush tracks at 10 km long. It is a moderately demanding walk on a well formed track in the hills to the west of Upper Hutt which passes through private land and Akatarawa forest. Highlights include native bush and the historic Birchville Reservoir.

The track starts from the Upper Hutt City Council managed Tulsa Park and heads up the hill via the zig zag to the trig, where there are stunning views of Upper Hutt. 

Logging underway take care - May 2018

Logging is now occurring along Bulls Run road, this area will be closed as an access point for recreation from 4am - 5pm Monday to Friday please use alternative access points for recreation in this area. For any further information please contact the forest ranger on 0274788106

Covering 15,000 hectares of wilderness area between Upper Hutt and the Kapiti Coast, Akatarawa Forest is a rugged blend of native and exotic forest. Mountain, quad and trail bikers find a variety of gentle and challenging routes along the tracks and old logging roads. Popular for horse riding, fishing, hunting and tramping, the Akatarawa Forest provides enjoyable and testing terrain for 4WD-vehicle club trips.



Whakatikei Road - No ACCESS - Blocked with fallen tree

Tree down on the Pram Track this is blocking the Track and due to the weather this will not be able to be cleared until the week starting 18th May 2015

No recreational activities over the weekend 16/5/15and 17/5/15 due to water levels, slips and fallen trees.  Will start accessing the main roads and tracks as of Monday the 18th May 2015

Devils Staircase - Closed to all motorised vehicles up to Labour weekend October 2015

Due to recent maintenance on this track the surface is extremely wet and needs to settle over winter. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

All enquires 027 248 1658

Woolshed Road in Valley View forest closed until further notice to all vehicles and users due to forestry operations involving tree felling, logging , road and skid construction.

Akatarawa Forest firewood collection scheme ends

The Akatarawa Forest firewood collection scheme has been disbanded, with immediate effect. The scheme, which operated for nearly 30 years, was suspended earlier this year pending an assessment of whether it met appropriate injury prevention standards.

Its closure reflects the forestry industry’s changing approach to injury prevention, which is now based on the tighter standards covered by the Health and Safety in Employment Act and the Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations.

The regional council must apply the law but does not have the resources to monitor scheme permit holders and cannot assess individual members of the public’s competency to use a chainsaw. Permits applied a range of health and safety conditions to permit holders but our rangers have observed 17 breaches of permit conditions since 2013, and it’s simply fortunate that no-one has been injured.

An alternative scheme was considered however, it was found the price that would have to be charged for the safe provision of firewood from a supervised location outside the forest park would be similar to normal market prices for firewood.

GWRC has written to recent users of the scheme to inform them of its closure. For more information on how we have reached our decision, please go to: