Haere mai, welcome to Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

Location 610 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, Porirua

This is a great spot for a day out, picnics and camping. It has 500 hectares of rolling paddocks, native bush and forestry, plus an indoor arena for Riding for the Disabled.

Opening hours

6am – 6pm April to September, and 6am – 8pm October to March

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Pitch your tent and toast marshmallows over an open campfire. Visit the historic battle site, farm animals and feed the native eels - they love sardines but just watch your fingers! There are trails suited for hooves, feet, bikes and baby buggies, with views of Pāuatahanui inlet and the new Transmission Gully motorway. 

Learn more about the Friends of Battle Hill conservation group

Know before you go

  • Dogs are not allowed anywhere in the park, including in cars, as there is a working farm in the park.
  • There is no cellphone coverage.
  • Pollen levels are often high. Carry appropriate medication if you have a pollen allergy.
  • Fireworks are banned in all Regional Parks and Forests.
  • Do not disturb the farm animals grazing in this park as these animals are protected.
  • Parts of the park will be closed during lambing season between 1 August and 22 October.
  • Please use gates and stiles. Leave gates as you find them.

Download the park brochure

Getting there

By bike

Plan your route with the Kāpiti, Porirua, Tawa cycle map.

By car

Main entrance: 610 Paekākāriki Hill Road

Turn off SH 58 at Pauatahanui onto the Paekakariki Hill Road and drive 6km to Battle Hill Farm Forest Park. Alternatively, turn off SH1 at Plimmerton onto Grays Rd, then turn left at the end onto Paekakariki Hill Rd.

The Kapiti end of Paekakariki Hill Road beyond Battle Hill is not suitable for heavy vehicles.

Updated July 1, 2024 at 3:52 PM

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