Karapoti Road, Akatarawa, Upper Hutt, 5372
Turn off State Highway 2 at Akatarawa Rd towards Waikanae and follow for 6km. Turn left onto Karapoti Road and follow this to the park entrance.
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Daily from 8am until dusk
Dogs are welcome. Please keep them under control and remove droppings. Dogs are not permitted, on the southern portion (Tulsa Park and Zig Zag entrance) of the Cannon Point Walkway as it crosses private land.
Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forest areas.
Covering 15,000 hectares of wilderness area between Upper Hutt and the Kapiti Coast, Akatarawa Forest is a rugged blend of native and exotic forest. Mountain, quad and trail bikers find a variety of gentle and challenging routes along the tracks and old logging roads. Popular for horse riding, fishing, hunting and tramping, the Akatarawa Forest provides enjoyable and testing terrain for 4WD-vehicle club trips. It is the home to the Karapoti Classic mountain bike race featuring the legendary Karapoti Gorge.
Heavy Machinery doing maintenance on Pram Track follow signage and pass with care
Parts of the Cannon Point walkway will be closed to allow a gravel lifting operation using a helicopter Tuesday the 7th May 2019 all day. Wellington Regional Council Rangers will be on site please follow their instructions. There will be limited access to the Cannon Point trig and the Birchville dam with the track closed beyond this. Please refer to signs and maps on site as to the closed areas. For further enquires please contact the Park Ranger, Thane Walls 027 2481658
Pig hunting will be permitted in some areas of Wellington’s regional parks and plantation forests in a one-year trial by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Hunters can apply now for permits to hunt in Puketiro Plantation Forest and Valley View Forest from today (1 November) and in Kaitoke Regional Park from 1 December.
Forestry operations are taking place above the Whakatiki River between the junction of Wainui Stream and Rallywoods Bridge. Due to the risks from wire ropes/fallen trees this section of river will be closed from the 3rd September 2018 until forestry operations have been completed in 4-5 weeks.
For any further inquiries please contact the Forest Ranger: 0274788106
People looking to walk Upper Hutt’s Cannon Point Walkway can now do so following the re-opening to the public of its zigzag access section following its closure in December 2017.
This is one of Upper Hutt’s most popular bush tracks at 10 km long. It is a moderately demanding walk on a well-formed track in the hills to the west of Upper Hutt which passes through private land and Akatarawa forest. Highlights include native bush and the historic Birchville Reservoir.
The track starts from the Upper Hutt City Council managed Tulsa Park and heads up the hill via the zigzag to the trig, where there are stunning views of Upper Hutt.
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