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Hutt Water Collection Area

Hutt Water Collection Area

Waterworks Road, SH2, Kaitoke

Park in Kaitoke Regional Park (Pakuratahi entrance) car park and follow the track west from the ranger's office. Cross the stile by the locked gate.

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

Opening hours

6am till 6pm (1 April - 30 Sept) or 9pm (1 Oct - 31 March)

Dogs are not permitted in the Water Collection Area

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests

Park notices

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
  • Dogs must be on leads
  • When using public facilities please wear a mask
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Read the full guidelines >

1080 operation, winter 2022

Greater Wellington Regional Council (GW) and Wellington Water Limited (WWL) propose to undertake an aerial possum control operation in the Hutt Water Collection Area (HWCA), using the biodegradable pesticide, sodium fluoroacetate (1080). The operation is proposed to take place during suitable weather conditions in winter 2022.

Weather dependent, aerial baiting begins with the non-toxic pre-feed application, followed by aerial 1080 approximately 5-10 days later..

This may affect some park activities such as hunting. You will be notified about this if you hold a permit for one of these activities.

For more information on this proposed predator control operation, or others in our region, head to our 1080 operations page.


The 8900-hectare Hutt Water Collection Area takes in the headwaters of the Hutt River at the southern end of the Tararua Range. Half the water supply for the Wellington urban area comes from this catchment, drawn at the Kaitoke weir.

There are few or no facilities in this remote area. It is rugged, mountainous terrain broken by many streams and narrow, steep-sided ridges. The hilltops are extremely exposed to the north-west and the south with a reputation for high winds, fog and sudden weather changes. Rivers and streams can rise very rapidly in heavy rain.

Fireworks are prohibited in all our regional parks.

Get in touch

Steve Edwards

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available