Haere mai, welcome to Wainuiomata Regional Park

Location 10 Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

The gateway to the largest and most pristine lowland forests in the lower North Island with great swimming spots and tracks for walking and mountain biking.

Opening hours

Parks are always open to foot traffic.
Vehicle gates are open 6am - 6pm in winter, and 6am - 8pm during daylight savings

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A view of the water from the Wainuiomata Park gums loop



Check out the lower dam and the water museum to learn about the history of the area. The lower dam has become important wetland habitat for a range of birds supported by regenerating native bush.

There are seasonal opportunities for guided walking tours into the adjoining water catchments with their old growth forests. Star gazing events are also popular here as dark skies are a key feature of this park.

Learn more about Dark Skies at Wainuiomata

Know before you go

  • Dogs are welcome in most of the park but must be on a lead at all times as there are kiwis in the area. No dogs allowed on the Lower Dam walk beyond the Gums Loop junction.
  • Bring your gas BBQ but no fires are permitted.
  • Toilets are located at the Ranger's Office in the Lower Dam site.
  • Always watch children near the water.
  • No horse riding or motorbikes allowed.

Download the park brochure

Getting there

By public transport

Take a route 170 bus from Waterloo Interchange to Hine Road. Head to Metlink to plan your journey:

Button with the Metlink logo

By bike

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

By car

Follow the main road through Wainuiomata and turn left at the roundabout into Moores Valley Road. Take the first turn right into Whitcher Grove and follow this to the park.

Enter the park from the end of Hine Road (turn left off the Coast Road).

Updated July 1, 2024 at 5:16 PM

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