Wellington Regional Trails

About the trail

Sitting at the base of Mount Climie is Tunnel Gully Recreation Area, in the heart of Pakuratahi Forest. It’s a popular recreation spot that offers many mountain biking and walking trails. It follows pine forests, native bush, and an interesting mix of terrain. The shallow waters of Collins Stream are ideal for cooling off during summer.

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The area is named ‘Tunnel Gully’ because of its strong historic link to the Remutaka railway line. The nearby 253 metre-long Mangaroa Tunnel was built between 1875 to 1877. In 1955 the Remutaka Tunnel replaced it. The trails in the area provide a direct link to the popular Remutaka Cycle Trail and Kaitoke Hill via the State Highway 2 underpass.

Getting there

Tunnel Gully is at the end of Plateau Road in Te Marua, 10 minutes north of Upper Hutt. The car park is well signposted.

There are regular bus and train services to the area. Timetables are available from Metlink.

Know before you go

  • Toilets, water and picnic areas are available at Tunnel Gully.
  • Get an up-to-date weather report from MetService before setting off.
  • Always boil stream water before drinking.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

For more tips and advice before heading out on Wellington’s trails check out our before you go section.