Open from 8am until dusk

The Pakuratahi Forest covers the western side of the Rimutaka ranges north of Upper Hutt and includes lands in the Kaitoke basin. Tunnel Gully Recreation Area sits at the foot of Mt Climie (830m) in the Pakuratahi Forest north of Upper Hutt. It is a mix of native bush, trees, and plantation (pine) forest,

Access & Parking

Coming from SH2 turn off at Plateau Rd, continue along Maymorn Rd, under rail bridge and immediately turn left.. There is a link through to Kaitohe if you wish to park there and ride through.

Permit & Keys required

There are several locked gates along the tracks and to the parking areas you need to pre-arrange a horse riding permit.

There is a float parking and turning area available off Kaitoke Loop behind locked gates. Parking 3-5 spaces, all parking requires drivers to be able to reverse.


Terrain: rolling hills, some steep, clay trails (can be boggy when wet), hard metal trails,

Station Drive, is a metalled track linking to Kaitoke Regional Park. It also leads to a more challenging access track to the Rimutaka Rail Trail via Goat Rock (579m)

  • Well marked
  • shared with dog walkers, cycle riders
  • picnic area, shade,
  • good phone coverage
  • tunnels