Waterworks Road, SH2, Upper Hutt

Opening hours: 6am till dusk

GWC Website

PERMIT & Keys REQUIRED (Apply to Upper Hutt Office)

Only 45 minutes north of Wellington City, the spectacular Kaitoke Regional Park covers 2860 hectares in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges. Steep, bush-clad hills, the Hutt River gorge and centuries-old rata, rimu and beech forest feature in this magnificent natural setting.

With the 2007 opening of the Kaitoke Hill underpass connecting Kaitoke Regional Park to the Pakuratahi Forest, there are now tracks available for public horseriding at Te Marua.

Upper Hutt office

Opening hours 8am-4.30pm.

1056 Fergusson Drive

PO Box 40847

Upper Hutt 5018

Phone 04 526 4133

Kaitoke entrance


Riders will need to collect a Horse Riding Permit and keys from GW'sUpper Hutt office to ride in the pine plantation and through to the Pakuratahi Forest as there are several locked gates along the way.

The main entrance is at Kaitoke. Turn left off SH2 at Waterworks Road, 12km north of Upper Hutt. The park entrance is 1km from the highway.

See the map at the bottom of the page for details of the link to Pakuratahi

Kaitoke Map

Link to Pakuratahi / Rimutaka Rail Trail

Kaitoke - Pakuratahi