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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.

About Pakuratahi

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.


Park notices

Reach Mowing along the Rail Trail and Station Drive, heavy machinery in use.

Maymorn Forest – harvesting extended

A 48 hectare section of Pakuratahi Forest between Maymorn and Tunnel Gully will continue to be harvested until the end of January 2019. The process was held up by the wet weather we had over winter and issues at the port of Wellington.

Health and safety is our first priority so sections of the Forest will not be accessible while operations continue.

The 4km diversion for the Remutaka Cycle Trail in this area will remain in place until the harvesting is finished at the end of January 2019. Please take note of the signs while cycling this summer.

  • Operating hours: up to 5pm Monday - Friday
  • Tunnel Gully and Plateau Road remain unaffected
  • Mt Climie track and Tane’s track open at all times
  • Tunnel Drive open outside operating hours only
  • Logging trucks will be on the roads during operating hours

A Christmas break – we have arranged with PF Olsen for a Christmas break suspension of works. From 5pm on 21 December – 8pm on 6 January areas marked on the below map will be open for recreational use. From 7 January onwards they will remain open after hours (evenings after 5pm and weekends at any time).

Map of Maymoren Forest during harvesting

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. A Christmas break: 21 December – 6 January preparations will cease and limited recreational access will be possible. It won’t be full access as this is an operational site. Check this page for more information nearer the time.

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

Aerial Possum Control Operational Pakuratahi Forest- Spring 2018.

OSPRI New Zealand have now undertaken (19/09/2018) an Aerial Possum Control Operation to help reduce the possum population and prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB). See the Ospri Fact Sheet or for further information please go to or call 0800 482 463.

Get in touch

Dion Ngatoro

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available