Remutaka Forest Park: Places to go in Wellington and Kapiti

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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    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.


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    Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
    Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
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