The Akatarawa Forest is the largest public space available in the Wellington region for off-road motorised recreation.
To protect the environment and safeguard the wellbeing of those taking part in motorised recreation, Greater Wellington allows four-wheel driving and trail biking in the forest, under certain conditions.
Four-wheel driving is a permitted club activity, and participants must abide by conditions established in consultation between Greater Wellington and the Akatarawa Recreational Access Committee (ARAC) on behalf of 4WD clubs and other recreational users.
Casual four wheel driving is prohibited in the forest.
All trail bikers must have a permit. These are freely available from the Upper Hutt office.