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Akatarawa Forest

Akatarawa Forest

Karapoti Road, Akatarawa, Upper Hutt, 5372

Turn off State Highway 2 at Akatarawa Rd towards Waikanae and follow for 6km. Turn left onto Karapoti Road and follow this to the park entrance.

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. Please keep them under control and remove droppings. Dogs are not permitted, on the southern portion (Tulsa Park and Zig Zag entrance) of the Cannon Point Walkway as it crosses private land.
Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forest areas.

Park notices

Logging in Valley View Forest

Posted 20/7/21

Logging operations are currently underway for the next 8 weeks in Valley View Forest. Logging trucks will be using Valley View Road and Woolshed Roads (marked in red on the map).

The Clarks Creek to McGhies Bridge route used by Public during operational hours will be closed until the harvesting has been completed due to the risk of logging trucks on the section of Valley View Road between Woolshed to Lindsay’s Road junctions.

Access after on 5pm weekdays and on weekends will be normal. Please adhere to all signage.

Download a map of the operational area.

Road washout

Posted 19/7/21

Karapoti Road carpark entrance to the forest is closed to all vehicles due to a road washout and collapse in gorge. We're sorry for any inconvenience caused & thank you for your understanding.

1080 operation completed

Posted 6/7/21

We have recently undertaken an aerial possum control operation in the Akatarawa Forest, using the biodegradable pesticide, sodium fluoroacetate (1080). Aerial baiting of 1080 occurred on Friday 2 July. Following this, extra care should be taken in the area until further notice.

Hunting is not permitted, and visitors with dogs are advised to stay clear of the area until baits have become non-toxic and any possum carcasses have decomposed. This is expected to take three-four months.

For more information on predator control operations in our region, head to our 1080 operations page.

COVID-19 update

Posted 30/6/21

We are currently at Alert Level 1. In order to recover from the effects of COVID-19 in our community, it is important to:

If you have any questions for us, please call 0800 496 734.


Covering 15,000 hectares of wilderness area between Upper Hutt and the Kapiti Coast, Akatarawa Forest is a rugged blend of native and exotic forest. Mountain, quad and trail bikers find a variety of gentle and challenging routes along the tracks and old logging roads. Popular for horse riding, fishing, hunting and tramping, the Akatarawa Forest provides enjoyable and testing terrain for 4WD-vehicle club trips. It is the home to the Karapoti Classic mountain bike race featuring the legendary Karapoti Gorge.

Park history


The Akatarawa Forest covers hill country between Upper Hutt and Paraparaumu. Translated to English, Akatarawa means 'trailing vines'. Maori used the forest for hunting and food gathering as well as an access trail to and from the Hutt Valley. The indigenous (native) forest of the area, covering approximately 14,000 hectares, has changed considerably since European settlement. These changes have been brought about by the introduction of animals, fires and logging of native timber including rimu.


Get in touch

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available