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Kaitoke Regional Park

Kaitoke Regional Park

Waterworks Road, SH2, Upper Hutt

The main entrance is at Kaitoke. Turn left off SH2 at Waterworks Road, 12km north of Upper Hutt. The park entrance is 1km from the highway.

For more information about other entrances check the Getting there tab in left hand menu.

Opening hours

6am till dusk

Dogs are welcome.

this track is closed due to a substantial rock fall event following the weekends southerly storm. The track may be closed for some time.

Just so festival

This major event will attract around a thousand people to Kaitoke park during the weekend 23 - 25 Feb 2018. As a result we’ve put in place  measures to help things run smoothly in the park for all and keep everyone safe.

Access to the park area beyond the festival site will still be available to the general public during this weekend. This includes Rivendell, the Swingbridge and Loop Track, Terrace walk, Weir Walk, Ridge Track and Norbett Creek route. Access will also be available to the Hutt Water Collection Area.

There are some campground closures and restircted access during this weekend only. See our park news for more information.

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forest areas.

Only 45 minutes north of Wellington City, the spectacular Kaitoke Regional Park covers 2860 hectares in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges. Steep, bush-clad hills, the Hutt River gorge and centuries-old rata, rimu and beech forest feature in this magnificent natural setting.

Swim in tranquil river pools, or explore beautiful bush clad tracks, some suitable for wheelchairs. Walk the Ridge Track for wonderful views of the Upper Hutt valley, or visit the magical spot used as a set for Rivendell in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Stay the night at the campground and enjoy the BBQ facilities.


Park history

Kaitoke weir

The Kaitoke area has a rich history for both Maori and other New Zealanders. The Whakataka Pa is said to have been in existence in 1820 at the Mangaroa River-Hutt River junction (Te Marua). A number of early Maori routes from Wairarapa to Wellington crossed the Pakuratahi flats. By 1856 a road was opened to connect the fertile plains of the Wairarapa with the port of Wellington.


Get in touch

Steve Edwards

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available