Getting to the regional parks
Several of the parks and forests are accessible via public transport:
Use the Metlink Journey Planner to get from your home to the parks via public transport.
Wear shoes or sandals that are suitable for walking on gravel or soft surfaces.Tramping/ hiking boots or strong lace-up walking shoes with grip are needed for walks of more than one hour.
Always take some warm clothing and a rain jacket
We also recommend that you take:
See Metservice for the latest weather forecast.
The parks and forests are open daily from 8am until dusk or times stated at the park entrance.
Some areas in Battle Hill Farm Forest Park and Belmont Regional Park will be closed for lambing from August to November.
We have found that one thing visitors really dislike is the sight of overflowing rubbish bins. By encouraging everyone to take their rubbish home with them our staff can spend their time improving the parks rather than emptying rubbish bins.
In most cases dogs are welcome in the regional parks and forests. They are not allowed at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park or in the farming areas of Belmont Regional Park or Queen Elizabeth Park to protect livestock. They must be on a leash on the Pencarrow Coast Road and are also not allowed south of the hill track to the lighthouse to protect nesting birds. Please do not take your dog into the wetlands at Queen Elizabeth Park.
You need to boil any water taken from the streams and rivers in the regional parks and forests. Drinking water is available at the toilet blocks at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Belmont Regional Park (Oakleigh St, Stratton St and Dry Creek), Kaitoke Regional Park (campground toilets only) and Queen Elizabeth Park.
There are toilets available in all the parks and forests except for the Akatarawa Forest, the Hutt Water Collection Area and the southern (Pencarrow) block at East Harbour Regional Park. Toilets are mostly situated near the park entrances.
Please bury all toilet waste well away from water courses.
Did you know that rangiora leaves are a very good substitute for toilet paper?
You need the ranger's permission to light campfires at Kaitoke Regional Park and at Battle Hill Farm Forests Park. There is a total fire ban in the Akatarawa Forest, Belmont Regional Park, East Harbour Regional Park and Queen Elizabeth Park. You may only light a fire in the Pakuratahi Forest if you obtain a written permit from the Upper Hutt City Council Rural Fire Officer. Light no fires whatsoever in the pine plantation forests.
You are welcome to bring your portable (gas) camp stove or BBQ to the parks or forests.
You will find excellent tracks for 3 wheel "mountain buggies" in all the parks and forests. Check out the easy walks at Battle Hill, Kaitoke and Queen Elizabeth Park parks, the Hutt River Trail and Tunnel Gully and Wainuiomata Recreation Area to start with, and venture further as you feel more confident.
You will need to lift your buggy onto its front wheel as you walk across the swing bridges at Kaitoke or Wainuiomata, so it's a good idea to take a friend along to help.