Akatarawa Forest

Covering 15,000 hectares of wilderness area between Upper Hutt and the Kapiti Coast, Akatarawa Forest is a rugged blend of nativeand exotic forest. Translated to English, Akatarawa means 'trailing vines'

Ranger: Thane Walls Phone: 0800 496 734

Opening hours: Daily from 8am until dusk

You need an annual permit for access from GWC

  • $100 Bond for Key
  • Signed off by Ranger
  • Not available online (you have to download the form and hand it in)
  • Hand in to Upper Hutt GWC Office

SHARED ACCESS . Look out for mountain bikes, trail bikes and forestry service vehicles.


The best access points are via Maungakotukutuku Valley, Paraparaumu and via Battle Hill Farm Forest Park to the Puketiro Forest. Both have room to park horse floats. Karapoti Gorge is heavily used by trail bikers and we do not recommend riding your horse through there.

Maungakotukutuku Stream is part of the water supply for the Kapiti Coast. Please do not ride in or across the stream except to get to Perhams Road.

Whakatikei Loop

Distance: 22 km return; Grade: Medium; Time: 4 hours

Starting at the Maungakotukutuku Valley, ride up Perhams Road to Titi Ridge, turn right and then left down Whakatiki Road.

Turn right again to follow Hydro Valley Rd back through the Whakatiki Forest and back to Perhams Road.

Official Horse Riding Advice Map