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For a nice walk close to suburbia and the promise of some stunning views, head on over to the eastern hills of the Hutt Valley and give the Rata St loop track a try.
The start and finish of the track are approximately 200m from each other on Rata Street, Naenae. Half way around the loop there is an option to head up to the main ECNZ track for a longer walk and stunning views as far as the South Island.
It's recommended to start on the lower of the two Rata Street entrances with the small bridge across the stream as it is easier to walk up this section, rather than down.
After around 30 minutes of walking a track heads sharply up hill and will take you to the main ridge track for views as far as the South Island. The Rata Street Loop is the right hand track and descends through bush, past a water tank to the upper access point on Rata Street.
End of Rata St
Photos by Melanie Dohner:
Banner - Looking west over the Hutt Valley from the ECNZ track.
Listing image - Looking south to the Wellington harbour.