Akatarawa Road winds its way between the north side of Birchville and Upper Hutt’s northern border with Waikanae. Along with several homestay accommodation retreats, the Akatarawa Valley is home to many lifestyle blocks and farmlets and makes a perfect rural getaway right next door to an urban Upper Hutt. Close to half way along the road is Staglands Wildlife Reserve which serves as a regionally significant and interactive facility embodying the local sawmilling history. Families enjoy this place, feeding and interacting with the animals, and enjoying a bite to eat at the café.

The Karapoti forest is also a major attraction in the area, particularly for mountain bikers. It hosts the annual Karapoti Classic, New Zealand’s longest running mountain bike event, which attracts competitors from across the globe.


For information on public and school bus services in Akatarawa Valley, contact the Metlink Service Centre on 0800 801 700 or visit the Metlink website – https://www.metlink.org.nz


Birchville Primary School and Kindergarten are located in Birchville, and nearby is Te Marua/Mangaroa Playcentre in Emerald Hill.


There is a dairy on Akatarawa Road, and nearby in Brown Owl there are takeaways and a dairy.


Karapoti, Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

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Last updated on 28 Nov 2017