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The Akatarawa Forest covers hill country between Upper Hutt and the Kapiti Coast.
Covering 15,000 hectares of wilderness area between Upper Hutt and the Kapiti Coast, the 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. Also popular for horse riding, fishing, hunting and tramping, the Akatarawa Forest provides enjoyable and testing terrain for 4WD-vehicle club trips.
The Karapoti Classic, the Southern Hemisphere's longest running mountain bike event, is held annually in the rugged Akatarawa Forest.