Wellington Regional Trails

About the park

Kaitoke Regional Park is a short drive from Wellington city and is a popular day trip and camping destination. Nestled in the foothills of the Tararua Range, the park covers 2,860 hectares of native bush, inculding centuries old rimu, beech, and rātā trees.

The trails range from short easy walks to more challenging climbs, catering to people of all ages and abilities. 

The gentle waters of the Pākuratahi River are a hotspot for visitors and are perfect for cooling off after enjoying one of the trails. If you choose to stay overnight, camping facilities are available along with BBQs and fresh drinking water. 

Kaitoke Regional Park is a haven for fans of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Explore the magical location Rivendell film location including a replica Elvish Archway. 

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A large minument sits between trees and bush on the Kaitoke regional park trail.
  • There are multiple entry points to Kaitoke Regional Park and most have car parking available:
    • Waterworks Road is the main entrance. The turn-off is 12km north of Upper Hutt and the park entrance is 1km down Waterworks Road.
    • You can also enter from Te Marua. Turn off State Highway 2 at Twin Lakes Road, just 5km north of Upper Hutt
  • Regular bus and train services are available. Check timetables on the Metlink website. Note: you will need to drive if you plan on using the Waterworks Road entry.
A long suspension bridge above a river, surrounded by Native bush and trees in the Kaitoke Regional Park.