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Pakuratahi Forest

Pakuratahi Forest

Incline Road, Pakuratahi

Remutaka Rail Trail (including the Incline): Turn off SH2 9km north of Upper Hutt. The carpark is 1km along a metal road.

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. They must be on a lead in the tunnels.


Thane Walls,
Dion Ngatoro,

Park Notices

Tunnel Gully main access bridge - October

The Tunnel Gully entrance to Pakuratahi Forest will be closed to vehicles for up to a month for construction works beginning the week of 21-25 October. We don't have exact dates yet but we wanted to make sure we let everyone know what is going on before we get started. This is so we can install a new bridge that will have a higher resilience to heavy traffic and high rainfall.  We will be supplying a footbridge so that cyclists and pedestrians can still use this entrance. 

Our current bridge has a loading limit that is sometimes ignored by larger vehicles. While it is inspected regularly, the bridge is at risk of being washed away or damaged in high rainfall events. For everyone’s safety, we agreed we needed to do something about this bridge. 

We're sorry for this inconvenience, however this is important work that we need to carry out to future proof our park. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and here for more updates on the project. 

If you have any questions, message us on social media, call the contact centre 0800 496 734 or check out the FAQs.

Find out more on the Forest News page

Remutaka Rail Trail – Siberia Stream Bridge Construction Oct-Dec 2019

The Department of Conservation has been working for the last two years to provide a bridged crossing over Siberia Stream, near the summit of the Remutaka Rail Trail. This bridge is to improve the safety and experience of the public when using the Remutaka Rail Trail. 

Bridge construction is planned to begin from 7 October with completion expected before Christmas.

Typically the bridge construction will not interfere with public use of the track. There will be occasions when access past the site will be restricted - for hours, rather than days, while hazardous activities are underway (rock anchor drilling, pouring concrete and stressing cable etc). Our contractor will work to assist the public past where possible.

Notification of any access restrictions will be made in advance and advertised on the Greater Wellington website and social media. Signage will also be in place at each end of the trail (Cross Creek and Kaitoke Carpark) and at the Summit Yard.   

Mangaroa Forest update 23/9/19

Good news! Mangaroa Forest in the Pakuratahi Forest will be open again to the public on 28 September for limited access on weekends and after 5pm on weekdays. We ask that you please obey all Greater Wellington signage and do not go past the no public access areas, for your safety. We will have signs out so you know where you can go. If you would like any further information, please call our forest ranger on 027 478 8106.

Toilet construction in Tunnel Gully

A new flush toilet is being put in Pakuratahi Forest around the upper area of Tunnel Gully. The work to install this will begin on the 27th of May and the area will be fenced off for health and safety reasons for two to three weeks. There will still be plenty of park open for you to enjoy and you can look forward to a new toilet coming soon!

Mangaroa Forest – harvesting 2019-2021

A section of Pakuratahi Forest at the Colletts Road entrance in Mangaroa, Upper Hutt, will be harvested starting December 2018. Preparations for this operation will start 3 December 2018 at which point access to the forest will not be permitted.

We will be very open with progress and provide updates via social media and the Forest News section of this website.


The Pakuratahi Forest covers the western side of the Remutaka ranges north of Upper Hutt and includes lands in the Kaitoke basin as well as the main Pakuratahi catchment. At just over 8,000ha this future water collection area is a key link in the chain of large forests covering the Akatarawa, Tararua, Remutaka and Orongorongo ranges. Mainly native bush, the forest also contains some 775ha of exotic plantation stands in the northern part, just south of SH2.

The area is best known for its walking, swimming, mountain biking and the historic structures of the 1870s Remutaka Railway.


Get in touch

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available