Trampers walking through Rimutaka Forest Park

Image: Laura Honey | DOC


The 22,000 ha Remutaka Forest Park encompasses much of the Remutaka Range. Easily accessible from Wellington, the area is popular with trampers and hunters.


Note: In 2017 the park and range names were officially changed from Rimutaka to Remutaka. 

Place overview


  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping

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Find things to do and places to stay Remutaka Forest Park

About this place

Getting there

Catchpool Valley, 30 km from Wellington, is the most popular entrance to Remutaka Forest Park.

There are also entry points along the Western Lake Road in the Wairarapa - at Cross Creek (the start of the Rimutaka Rail Trail), Waiorongamai Track, Battery Stream/Papatahi Crossing and Ocean Beach.

Know before you go

Protecting kiwi from dogs

The long-standing requirement to keep dogs on a lead in the Catchpool Valley will be enforced to protect North Island brown kiwi released into the park by the Remutaka Forest Park Trust. 

Dog access in Remutaka Forest Park has more information and a map.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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