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Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

610 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, Porirua

Turn off SH 58 at Pauatahanui onto Paekakariki Hill Road and drive 6km to Battle Hill Farm Forest Park. Alternatively, turn off SH1 at Plimmerton onto Grays Rd, then turn left onto Paekakariki Hill Rd.

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

Opening hours

8am till dusk

Dogs are not permitted, including those in vehicles.

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests

Park notices

Underpass work to complete final public paths

Posted 24/9/21

From Friday 24 September there will be works underway at the Battle Hill underpass (Bridge 7). This is excavation work which means to upgrade our current and future track in this area.

The team will be working seven days a week, 7:30am – 5:30pm to have this work completed as quickly as possible. We anticipate this will take 3 weeks to complete.

During this time public assess through the work area will be maintained, and there will be staff on site to help guide the public through. However bear in mind this is an active work site, and we ask that you please remain patient and follow instruction from onsite personnel. Thank you for understanding.

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 your camp fees at the self-registration stand in the Public Area of the Homestead building
  • Dogs are not permitted
  • When using public facilities please wear a mask
  • The museum will remain closed at level 2
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Read the full guidelines >

Closure for lambing

Posted 21/7/21

Farmed areas of the park will be closed for lambing from 1 August – 22 October 2021.

The Bush Reserve, front paddocks and main farm road to the Puketiro Forest will remain open to the public. Closed areas will be signposted as being closed during this period.

Download the map of the farm closure area.


Battle Hill Farm Forest Park is 500 hectares of rolling paddocks, native bush and forestry, just under 40km from Wellington. Pitch your tent and toast marshmallows over an open campfire.

If you weren’t convinced already the park also has:

  • A historical working farm – complete with grazing horses and sheep. You might even see shearing in action
  • Trails suited for hooves, feet, tyres, and on some – baby buggies
  • Spectacular views of the Pauatahanui inlet and the new Transmission Gully motorway
  • Historic graveyard
  • Site of the 1846 battle between British and Ngāti Toa
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • Eel feeding

Allergies and Pollens 

Battle Hill Forest Park is prone to high levels of pollen. We recommend visitors who have a pollen allergy to carry appropriate medication.



Park history

On a cold August morning in 1846 the first shot was fired in a confrontation between Government forces and around 300 of Te Rangihaeata’s Ngati Toa near the summit of Battle Hill.

Get in touch

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available