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Akatarawa Saddle
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Akatarawa Road in 2005
Elevation 450 m (1,476 ft)
Traversed by Akatarawa Road
Location Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
Range Tararua Range
Coordinates 40°56′54″S 175°6′30″E / 40.94833°S 175.10833°E / -40.94833; 175.10833
Akatarawa Saddle is located in New Zealand
Akatarawa Saddle
Location in New Zealand

Akatarawa Saddle is a 450 m above sea level mountain pass in the Wellington Region on the North Island of New Zealand. It is traversed by the Akatarawa Road which passes the southern part of the Tararua Range from Upper Hutt southeast to Waikanae northwest. The Akatarawa River flows south into the Hutt River ending in the Cook Strait while waters north of the saddle lead to the Tasman Sea.

About 1911 surveys were made in the hope of finding a railway route between Upper Hutt and Waikanae, but a lengthy tunnel would have been needed, though the route was claimed to be about 5 mi (8.0 km) shorter than the North Island Main Trunk. Shortages of concrete delayed completion of the road, though it was drivable in 1922 and bridges were completed in 1923.

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