Kaitoke Regional Park
Waterworks Road, SH2, Upper Hutt
The main entrance is at Kaitoke. Turn left off SH2 at Waterworks Road, 12km north of Upper Hutt. The park entrance is 1km from the highway.
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6am till dusk
Dogs are welcome.
Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests
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The swing bridge at the Pakuratahi Forks has been removed while we replace it. We expect the new wider bridge to be open in mid-July. You’ll be able to cross with pushchairs and wheelchairs, and you’ll be able to cross while someone else is crossing from the other side. You can access the forest on the other side of the river via the Flume Bridge, but you will not be able to complete the loop at the Pakuratahi Forks.
Only 45 minutes north of Wellington City, the spectacular Kaitoke Regional Park covers 2860 hectares in the Tararua Ranges foothills. Steep, bush-clad hills, the Hutt River gorge and centuries-old rata, rimu and beech forest feature in this magnificent natural setting.
Swim in tranquil river pools or explore forest tracks, some suitable for wheelchairs. Dare the swing bridge, or walk the Ridge Track for wonderful views of the Upper Hutt valley, visit the magical spot used as a set for Rivendell in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Campers can pick a spot near the Pakuratahi River, offering quality facilities with drinking water, toilets, power outlets and electric bbq’s. Campfires are permitted at Kaitoke, but only on the riverbed and away from tent sites.
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