Wainuiomata Recreation Area


Wainuiomata Recreation Area

10 Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5373

Private vehicle
Follow the main road through Wainuiomata and turn left at the roundabout into Moores Valley Road. Take the first turn right into Whitcher Grove and follow this to the Recreation Area.

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

Opening hours

8am until dusk

Dogs are welcome but not permitted in the Lower Dam area, please read the signs.

Wainuiomata Lower Dam now open to the public

Come along and check out the wonderful new recreation area in Wainuiomata.

Finished in 1884 and part of Wellington’s water supply infrastructure until the 1950s, the historic Lower Dam is opened for everyone to enjoy. 

Note: To protect our native wildlife no dogs are allowed into this new area.

About Wainuiomata Recreation Area

A peaceful and sheltered valley east of Wainuiomata, the Wainuiomata Recreation Area is an inviting spot for family outings and picnics. Swim in the Wainuiomata River or take an easy walk over the swingbridge and along the valley floor


Park history

The Wainuiomata Recreation Area lies at the foot of one of the largest and most pristine lowland forests in the lower North Island.

Maori used the hills and valleys to travel between the Wairarapa and Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington Harbour). Later some of the lower valley (including what is now the Recreation Area) was logged for timber and is now regenerating. Higher up the lush native forests and clear water of the Wainuiomata and Orongorongo Rivers are a source of drinking water. In the 1880s an earth dam and pipeline first harnessed this resource for the people of Wellington.




Get in touch

Dion Ngatoro

Phone: 04 564 8702 or 021 249 6473
Fax: 04 564 8943