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Pakuratahi Forest

Pakuratahi Forest

Incline Road, Pakuratahi

Remutaka Rail Trail (including the Incline): Turn off SH2 9km north of Upper Hutt. The carpark is 1km along a metal road.

For more information about other entrances check the Getting there tab in left hand menu.

Opening hours

Daily from 8am until dusk

Dogs are welcome. They must be on a lead in the tunnels.

About Pakuratahi

The Pakuratahi Forest covers the western side of the Remutaka ranges north of Upper Hutt and includes lands in the Kaitoke basin as well as the main Pakuratahi catchment. At just over 8,000ha this future water collection area is a key link in the chain of large forests covering the Akatarawa, Tararua, Remutaka and Orongorongo ranges. Mainly native bush, the forest also contains some 775ha of exotic plantation stands in the northern part, just south of SH2.

The area is best known for its walking, swimming, mountain biking and the historic structures of the 1870s Remutaka Railway.


Park notices

Maymorn Forest

Maymorn Forest - Aerial spraying will take place weather permitting in May 2019. The operation should take no longer than 4 hours. During this time all tracks and roads within this area will be closed. Please obey all signage. Enquiries to the Forest Ranger, 027 478 8106.

Mount Climie Road. Road maintenance, Heavy machinery in progress, follow signage and pass with care

Mangaroa Forest – harvesting 2019-2021

A section of Pakuratahi Forest at the Colletts Road entrance in Mangaroa, Upper Hutt, will be harvested starting December 2018. Preparations for this operation will start 3 December 2018 at which point access to the forest will not be permitted.  

We will be very open with progress and provide updates via social media and the Forest News section of this website.

Aerial Possum Control Operational Pakuratahi Forest- Spring 2018.

OSPRI New Zealand has now undertaken (19/09/2018) an Aerial Possum Control Operation to help reduce the possum population and prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB). See the Ospri Fact Sheet or for further information please go to or call 0800 482 463.

Get in touch

Dion Ngatoro

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available