Akatarawa Forest

Covering 15,000 hectares of wilderness area between Upper Hutt and the Kapiti Coast, Akatarawa Forest is a rugged blend of native and exotic forest.

Mountain, quad and trail bikers find a variety of gentle and challenging routes along the tracks and old logging roads. Popular for horse riding, fishing, hunting and tramping, the Akatarawa Forest provides enjoyable and testing terrain for 4WD-vehicle club trips.

  • Access for mountain, quad and trail bikers as well as walkers
  • Popular for horse riding
  • Some camping sites, please contact the ranger for more information



Birchville Dam - 40 minutes return, easy

Follows the old pipeline to the old Birchville reservoir lake and dam about 1 km upstream surrounded by a bush clad valley. Built in 1929 it operated to 1954.

Cannon Point Walkway - 3 - 4 hours, moderate 

Zig zag up for panoramic views of the upper Hutt Valley and across to Wellington CBD and the Kaikoura moutnains. Or take a gentle approach via the Birchville Dam.

Karapoti Gorge - 3 hours return, easy

Follow the river through a bush clad gorge to McGhies Bridge and find several deep pools suitable for swimming.

Mount Titi - 5 hours return, hard

Get stunning views across to Kapiti Island up this ridgeline forestry road trail. With neighbouring  trails formally named the Devil's Staircase it is a challenge!


More information

Karapoti Road
Upper Hutt

Website: gw.govt.nz/akatarawa