Kaitoke Regional Park
Parks and recreation
Waterworks Road, SH2, Kaitoke
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.
8am till dusk
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.
Nearly half of Wellington's water is drawn from the Hutt River within Kaitoke Regional Park.
Things to do
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.