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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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