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Akatarawa Forest

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Akatarawa Forest

Karapoti Road, Akatarawa, Upper Hutt, 5372

Turn off State Highway 2 at Akatarawa Rd towards Waikanae and follow for 6km. Turn left onto Karapoti Road and follow this to the park entrance.


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

Opening hours

Daily from 8am until dusk

Dogs are welcome. Please keep them under control and remove droppings. Dogs are not permitted, on the southern portion (Tulsa Park and Zig Zag entrance) of the Cannon Point Walkway as it crosses private land.
Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forest areas.

Park notices

COVID-19 update

Posted 22/9/20

We are currently at Alert Level 1. In order to recover from the effects of COVID-19 in our community, it is important to:

If you have any questions for us, please call 0800 496 734.

Proposed 1080 operation, November 2020

Posted 20/8/20

We propose to undertake an aerial possum control operation in the Akatarawa Forest, using the biodegradable pesticide, sodium fluoroacetate (1080). This would occur during suitable weather conditions from early November.

This proposed operation is currently under consultation.

For more information on the proposed predator control operation, head to our 1080 operations page

Whakatikei Forest Harvesting, February 2020

Posted 5/2/20

Forest360 are currently harvesting the Whakatikei Forest.  The harvesting operation is expected to be completed in February 2021.

Due to this harvesting operation, we have put restrictions in place to keep everyone safe. Please abide by them as failure to follow the area restrictions could cause serious harm or death.

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Access to Puketiro Forest

Posted 30/10/19

Public access to Puketiro Forest is closed until further notice due to logging.

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About

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. It is the home to the Karapoti Classic mountain bike race featuring the legendary Karapoti Gorge.

Park history

History

The Akatarawa Forest covers hill country between Upper Hutt and Paraparaumu. Translated to English, Akatarawa means 'trailing vines'. Māori used the forest for hunting and food gathering as well as an access trail to and from the Hutt Valley. The indigenous (native) forest of the area, covering approximately 14,000 hectares, has changed considerably since European settlement. These changes have been brought about by the introduction of animals, fires and logging of native timber including rimu.

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Get in touch

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