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Kaitoke Regional Park

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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 6pm (1 April - 30 Sept) or 9pm (1 Oct - 31 March)

Dogs are welcome.

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests

Park notices

COVID-19 update

Posted 7/9/21

At Alert Level 2, we need to play it safe. Park trails are very busy at present, be aware of other walkers and bikers.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Keep a 2m distance from people you don’t know
  • The ranger’s office will remain closed at level 2
  • Pay for camping using CloudPark machines (cashless payments are preferred)
  • Dogs must be on leads
  • When using public facilities please wear a mask
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Read the full guidelines >

Kaioke Flume Bridge

Posted 3/9/21

We will be investigating the replacement of Kaitoke Flume bridge from 13 September. We will close the Swingbridge Track and Flume bridge for five days while this work is completed. This means you will need to return the same way and will be unable to complete the loop.

As part of the investigation for the Flume Bridge we need to further investigate the geology within the Regional Park to ensure the drilling of the piles and abutments of the bridge can occur. Warning signs of track closure will be in place. We apologise for any inconvenience this essential work may cause.

About

Only 45 minutes north of Wellington City, the spectacular Kaitoke Regional Park covers 2860 hectares in the Tararua Ranges foothills. 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 forest tracks, some suitable for wheelchairs. Dare the swing bridge, or walk the Ridge Track for wonderful views of the Upper Hutt valley, visit the magical spot used as a set for Rivendell in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Campers can pick a spot near the Pakuratahi River, offering quality facilities with drinking water, toilets, power outlets and electric bbq’s. Campfires are permitted at Kaitoke, but only on the riverbed and away from tent sites.

     

 

 

 

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.

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Get in touch

Ranger:
Steve Edwards

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available
kaitoke.ranger@gw.govt.nz