Waterfall walks

Breathe deep and smell, fresh forest air as you search out the Hutt Valley’s waterfalls. From a three-minute to a three-hour walk, there’s a waterfall to suit every itinerary.

Water falling down dam in bush valley

Korokoro Dam

An even-graded track follows an old steel pipeline from the Cornish Street entrance upstream through mature bush to the Korokoro Dam. The first gravity-fed concrete dam in New Zealand, built to supply water for the Petone Borough in 1903.

Baked Beans Bend

At the intersection two thirds of your way up from the Cornish Street entrance before the Korokoro Dam, continue due north. A great spot after a rainy day as water falls through the thick bush.

Boardwalk Falls

Small falls up from the boardwalk bridge between the Belmont Trig and Middle Ridge tracks. Park at the Stratton Street entrance to Belmont Regional Park in Normandale. The park entrance is 2km from the intersection with Cottle park Drive.

Waterfall over rocks

Dry Creek Valley

Follow the not so Dry Creek over grassy areas ideal for picnics to native bush up towards a small waterfall and back again. Expect wet feet as you cross the stream several times. Great for young family groups, especially in summer. It's a rocky walk. Not suitable for buggies.

Percy's Scenic Reserve

A big waterfall and easy walk for the kids! Suitable for all ages and abilities, take a short 500m bush walk to discover the highest waterfall in the Wellington region. Along the way you’ll cross the creek a number of times and wind your way past a forest full of birds, trees, berries and other wildlife. Explore the Weta Cave by the pond on your way too. BYO torch!

Birchville Dam

Almost a waterfall and well worth a short stroll to a serene dam deep in the bush. Cross a narrow swing bridge and follow a stream to the historic reservoir lake and dam is approximately 1km upstream in the Akatarawa Forest. New Zealand's second concrete dam, previously used for Upper Hutt's water supply.

Scholl Creek Fall

A 5m high fall amongst bush accessed via Camp Wainui. Follow the track upstream beyond the Peter Burgess Lodge Complex on the camp grounds. You can visit during the day as well as book the camp for larger groups. Get in touch with the camp manager on-site first for more info.