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Wainuiomata Recreation Area

Wainuiomata Recreation Area

10 Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5373

Private vehicle
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 Recreation Area.

For more information about other entrances check the How to get there tab in left hand menu.

Opening hours

6am-6pm Winter, 6am-8pm during daylight savings

Dogs must be on a lead at all times and remove droppings. There are kiwi in this area. No dogs allowed on the Lower Dam walk beyond the Gums Loop junction. Dogs are allowed off leash in the adjoining Hutt City dog exercise locations at Hine Road Reserve and Richard Prouse Park.

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests

Park Notices

COVID-19 update

Posted 7/9/21

At Alert Level 2, we need to play it safe. Park trails are very busy at present, be aware of other walkers and bikers.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Keep a 2m distance from people you don’t know
  • The ranger’s office will remain closed at level 2
  • Dogs must be on leads
  • When using public facilities please wear a mask
  • The museum will remain closed at level 2
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Read the full guidelines >


A peaceful and sheltered valley east of Wainuiomata, the Wainuiomata Recreation Area is an inviting spot for family outings and picnics. Swim in the Wainuiomata River or take an easy walk over the swingbridge and along the valley floor. 

Fireworks are not allowed in any of our regional parks.

Park history

The Wainuiomata Recreation Area lies at the foot of one of the largest and most pristine lowland forests in the lower North Island.

Maori used the hills and valleys to travel between the Wairarapa and Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington Harbour). Later some of the lower valley (including what is now the Recreation Area) was logged for timber and is now regenerating. Higher up the lush native forests and clear water of the Wainuiomata and Orongorongo Rivers are a source of drinking water. In the 1880s an earth dam and pipeline first harnessed this resource for the people of Wellington.




Get in touch

Ricky Clarkson

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: 04 564 8943