Kaitoke Regional Park

Ancient rainforest, camping, swimming, hiking and Rivendell...welcome to the award-winning Kaitoke Regional Park!

kaitoke regional park swingbridge walkers on bridge


Upper Hutt


Kaitoke Regional Park, Waterworks Road

Step out of your car and immerse yourself in the ancient rainforest of Kaitoke Regional Park.

With its ideal location set amid the backdrop of ageless Rata and Rimu (some estimated to be over 1200 years old!) it’s no wonder it was chosen as the home of the elves in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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kaitoke regional park middle earth archway
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kaitoke regional park middle earth close up of rivendell sign

Less than an hour from Wellington CBD, Kaitoke Regional Park is a family friendly location, open to all abilities. It boasts walking, swimming, picnicking, mountain biking and kayaking amid an iconic landscape. From the experienced hiker to the day tripper there are activities to suit all ages including tracks that are completely accessible and buggy friendly. 

Don your elf ears, transport yourself to Middle Earth and picnic amongst the beauty of the ‘Rivendell’ film location from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Discover the Elvish Archway replica amid the home of the elves, this is your opportunity to recreate the kiss between Arwen and Aragorn before taking a walk along the swing bridge to continue exploring

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