Pakuratahi Forest

Pakuratahi Forest

Incline Road, Pakuratahi

Rimutaka 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.

About Pakuratahi

The Pakuratahi Forest covers the western side of the Rimutaka 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, Rimutaka 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 Rimutaka Railway.


Track Closure Due To Bridge Replacement Work 

A section of the upper Tanes Track at Tunnel Gully will be closed from Wednesday the 25th February until further notice due to the bridge replacement work.  Work will be carried out over a peroid of three to four weeks.  The section between the top carpark and the waterfall will remain open as will lower Tanes Track.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.




Mangaroa Tunnel is closed until further notice

The  maintenance work on the Mangaroa Tunnel in the Tunnel Gully Recreation Area has began and the tunnel is closed a map and signs describing alternative routes will be visible at all relevant locations please click on the link which will show the map and other relevent information.       


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Thane Walls

Phone: 04 526 4133 or 027 248 1658
Fax: 04 526 4171

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