Playing in the river at Kaitoke Regional Park
Image: Greater Wellington Regional Council © 

Introduction

Explore our ancient rainforest with it’s 1,000 year old trees. Discover the real location of Rivendell, a refuge and rallying place for elves in the The Lord of the Rings movies.

Highlights

  • Visit the home of the elves at Rivendell – read about the Lord of the Rings set that was built here and view the replica archway.
  • Bring your togs and a picnic – there are numerous swimming holes on the Hutt and Pakuratahi Rivers.
  • Visit the adjacent Hutt Water Collection Area that supplies around 50% of Wellington’s drinking water.
  • Want to stay longer – camp at Kaitoke on the grassy river terraces beside the Pakuratahi River.

Kiwi Guardians adventure map for Kaitoke Regional Park.
Kiwi Guardians adventure map for Kaitoke Regional Park

Get ready

Download the Kaitoke Regional Park adventure map (PDF, 1,418K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: Turn left off SH2 onto Waterworks Road, 12 km north of Upper Hutt. Follow this for 1 km to the park entrance.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Kaitoke Regional Park code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About Kaitoke Regional Park

Kaitoke Regional Park is managed by the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Find out about Kaitoke Regional Park.

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