Haere mai, welcome to Kaitoke Regional Park

Location Waterworks Road, Kaitoke, Upper Hutt

Super popular for picnics, camping, swimming and tramping, Kaitoke is one our most visited parks.

Opening hours

6am till 6pm (1 April - 30 Sept) or 9pm (1 Oct - 31 March)

The river at Kaitoke Regional Park
Camping at Kaitoke Regional Park



Take a dip or kayak in the Pākuratahi River or do a day tramp through the lush forest. Want to escape to Middle-Earth? The filming site for Rivendell in Lord of The Rings is just a hop, step and a jump over the bridge from the carpark.

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 suspension bridge, or walk the Ridge Track for wonderful views of the Upper Hutt valley.

Campers can pick a spot near the Pākuratahi 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.

Know before you go

  • Dogs are welcome but must be under control at all times.
  • There are 4 public BBQ shelters and toilets in the camping area.
  • The camping area is large, and there are six powered sites at the campground.

A view through the trees to the river at Kaitoke Regional Park

Download the park brochure

Getting there

By public transport

Take the 112 bus from upper Hutt Railway Station to the Te Marua Store at Plateau Road, then walk 1km along SH2 to the Te Marua entrance at Twin Lakes Road.

Plan your journey with Metlink.

By bike

Plan your route from the Hutt River Trail or Hutt Valley train line with the Hutt Valley cycle map.

By car

The park has two main entrances:

  • Waterworks Road entrance - 12km north of Upper Hutt, turn off SH2 at Waterworks Road. The park entrance is 1km down Waterworks Road.
  • Te Marua entrance - 5km north of Upper Hutt, turn off SH2 at Twin Lakes Road, Te Marua.
Updated July 1, 2024 at 5:08 PM

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