Catchpool Valley, 30 km from Wellington, is the most popular entrance to Rimutaka 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 Rimutaka Forest Park Trust.
Dog access in Rimutaka Forest Park has more information and a map.