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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.

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests


Thane Walls,
Dion Ngatoro,

Park notices

Road washout

Posted 19/2/21

The back road is closed to all vehicles due to a washout and road collapse. We're sorry for any inconvenience caused & thank you for your understanding.

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.

Maymorn access closed

Posted 24/5/21, updated 3/6/21

The Maymorn access to Remutaka Cycle Trail will be closed to all users Wednesday 9 June to Friday 11 June.

This is due to construction and placement of a culvert for the adjacent Kiwirail site.

Touring cyclists please use alternate route via Plateau Rd to Tunnel Gully and Remutaka Cycle Trail. 

Download a map of the alternate route along Plateau Road.


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

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available