Battle Hill

610 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, Porirua

Open Daily 8am to Dusk

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Ranger: Joby Mills Phone: 0800 496 734

Battle Hill is a very popular horse riding destination with a great variety of terrain, good parking and easy access from the main highways. 500 hectares of flat, rolling and steep hill country with a mix of pastureland and native bush.

Access and Parking

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

Park your horsefloat in the Dell loop carpark (just inside the main entrance). Horses can be led over the stream to the paddock behind the homestead for grooming if required. Please remove all hay, twine and horse manure from the area around your float.

Multi-use trails: Share with care

Wetlands Walk


Grade: Easy/medium

Time: 1 hour return

Follow the farm road up through the Airstrip between the wetlands and the deer paddocks. Go through the gate into the Swampy Gully Paddock and follow the farm track up the gully. Climb the main track to the left before looping back to the south and through the gate into the Spring Paddock. Follow the farm track down the paddock and back to the Airstrip and carpark.

Farm Loop

Distance: 3 km return

Grade: easy/medium

Time: 1 hour return

Follow the farm road up the Airstrip, then take the track north through the Oak Paddock, into the Battle Hill Paddock and up the hill. Approximately 200 metres short of the Battle Hill summit a track forks to the right down the hill. Follow this track back to the carpark through the Swampy Gully Paddock, past the wetland area and the deer paddocks.

Transmission Gully-Puketiro Loop

Distance: 10.2 km return

Grade: medium/hard

Time: 2-3 hours return

Please travel the loop in a clockwise direction and take warm clothing as the hilltops are exposed to strong winds. From the Dell carpark follow the farm road through the Airstrip and over the Gas Line Ridge to Transmission Gully. Follow the markers across the paddock to the stream and take the left-hand gate into the forest. The track climbs the hill through the pine plantation to the top from which you will have great views of the Pauatahanui Inlet and the South Island on a clear day. Follow the track markers south along the top before continuing downhill back to Transmission Gully. Return to the carpark over the Gas Line Ridge.