The screen location of Remutaka Summit, wit views of surrounding peaks, lush green bush and steep roads cut into the sides of the mountains.

The rugged Remutaka Range is the southernmost part of a mountain chain in the lower North Island of New Zealand. Further north, it becomes the Tararua Range.

State Highway 2 between Upper Hutt and Featherston, also known as Remutaka Pass, is one of the country’s most high-risk sections of highway. It has an elevation of 556 metres above sea level and a series of hairpin turns. Safety improvements to the pass are ongoing.

At the road’s summit is a lookout point, offering dramatic views of the surrounding peaks. It takes about an hour from central Wellington to get to the summit.

During the First World War, the summit was a stopping point for troops during the march from Featherston and Tauherenikau camps to Trentham Camp in Upper Hutt. A small hut was built to store water boilers for making tea. Later, a café stood on the site. Both have since gone. But, there is a car park to allow people to pull off the road and take in the vistas.

Te Ara Tirohanga or Remutaka Trig Track is a short (one-hour return) but steep and exposed climb on a well-maintained track up to the northern crest of the range.

Location details

Jurisdiction Upper Hutt City Council
Permits required Yes, apply for a permit
Location descriptors Parking lots, car parks, freeways, motorways, roads, rural, winding roads, open roads, transport networks, highways, scenic routes, forests, woods, peaks, summits, breathtaking, rock formations, walking tracks, scenic views, scenic landscapes, hills, bush, scrub.