The main road is the Paekakariki Hill Road, which runs up the valley from Pauatahanui and over a saddle (well known by hang-glider enthusiasts) down to the seaside town of Paekakariki in the Kapiti Coast District.
Side roads and private driveways lead to productive pastoral farms, orchards, and market gardens. There is a restaurant near Pauatahanui, and an equestrian sales/service/training centre is a few kilometres up the valley.
Half-way up the valley on the east side is the Battle Hill Farm Forest Park owned and managed by the Wellington Regional Council. Part of its upper slopes is under investigation for what would be a world-class wind farm.