Getting there and staying safe
The Pakuratahi Forest includes several popular areas:
Turn off SH2 9km north of Upper Hutt. The carpark is 1km along the sealed road. Or you can enter the Wairarapa end of the Rail Trail via Cross Creek Road (off Western Lake Road). Pedestrian and cycling access only beyond the carpark.
From the end of the Hutt River Trail at Te Marua you can continue on down the road past the Water Treatment plant and the Stuart MacCaskil Lakes to join onto an off road track that takes you to the start of the Rimutaka Rail Trail via an underpass under SH2. See the map to your right for more details.
From Maymorn Trailway Station you can follow the walking/cycling track that takes you through Tunnell Gully and you can join the Trail on Incline Road or further up the trail.
Turn off SH2 onto Plateau Road at Te Marua, 6km north of Upper Hutt. Pedestrian and cycling access only beyond the carpark.
Catch the 112 Te Marua bus from Upper Hutt Station to the turnaround area near the end of Plateau Road. Walk approximately 1km to reach Tunnel Gully.
Catch the train to Maymorn and walk or cycle 2km up the track and through the historic Mangaroa tunnel to Tunnel Gully. Follow the signs to the Rimutaka Rail Trail via the Old Railway Line track and the Kaitoke Loop Road.
Off SH2 just south of the summit of the Rimutaka Hill Road. The Trig Track is currently CLOSED due to extensive road works in the area.
Most parts of the forest are isolated, exposed to wind and rain and without cellphone coverage. Weather conditions can change quickly so please: