Top Trails in the Hutt Valley
With around 3,000 hectares of parks, reserves, bush-clad hills, walkways and tracks, the Hutt Valley is an adventure lover’s paradise. Try out one of these top trails in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt below.
Swing Bridge Track
One of the many trails at Kaitoke Regional Park, this short and sweet trail takes you across swing bridge suspended high above the Hutt River, then weaves its way downstream towards the river gorge. Towering over you will be the Rimu and Rātā forest and you will have great river views along the way. Bring a picnic lunch to have somewhere in Kaitoke Regional Park before you head off on your walk.
Korokoro Dam at Belmont Regional Park
Follow an old water pipeline upstream through mature bush to the unexpected sight of the first gravity-fed concrete dam in New Zealand, built to supply water for the Petone Borough in 1903. Start the moderate 3 hour return walk at Belmont Regional Park entrance, 10-minutes walk from Petone Railway Station.
Kererū Track starts at Williams Park in Days Bay and weaves through mature beech and rātā forest. You might be lucky enough to encounter kererū and other native birdlife along the way, as well as indigenous orchids in full bloom. At the top of the trail you’ll be greeted by spectacular views across Wellington Harbour.
Te Whiti Riser
One of the region’s newest and most accessible walks, Te Whiti Riser follows a gentle easy gradient from Te Whiti Park to the top of the Eastern Hutt Hills. This wide well-formed trail has become a popular multi-purpose recreational track for walking and biking locals and visitors of all ages. The trail links up to other popular spots, including the extensive Waiu Park trail network and East Harbour Regional Park making it a great place to spend your weekend exploring, sheltered from the wind. Enjoy a tasty treat in Petone, Hutt City or Wainuiomata the choice is endless.
Cannon Point Walkway
Begin at Tulsa Park and zigzags uphill through private land and Akatarawa Forest to the summit, where you'll find spectacular views over the Hutt Valley. It then continues along old forestry roads to the north and descends to the historic Birchville Dam. The dam, built in 1929, supplied water to Upper Hutt until the Kaitoke Scheme started in 1954. From here, you'll continue 1km downstream and over a suspension bridge to the end of the trail.
Kowhai Street Track/Butterfly Creek
Kowhai Street Track is a great option if you want to do a quick 30 minute walk, it is the easiest way to reach the well- known Butterfly Creek area. Zig zag your way along the track and spot the stunning views out to Eastbourne and Wellington harbour. About 1 km along the track you’ll meet a junction where you can choose to take a longer return route via MacKenzie Road Track. Alternatively, you can continue straight along the trail for 15 minutes to the Butterfly Creek picnic area (allow 2 hours for the return trip).