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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.

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.

Maymorn Forest - Winter 2018

A section of Pakuratahi Forest between Maymorn and Tunnel Gully will be harvested this winter. The works will start at the end of June 2018 and continue for approximately six months. This will affect some of the routes in the Forest.

For a summary of the public event we hosted to discuss the harvesting visit this page.

To download a map showing the area affected and with more information on the harvesting click here.

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forest areas.

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.

Get in touch

Dion Ngatoro

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available