Enjoy that feeling where you smile to yourself and take it all in because you've earned the vista opening out in front of you
Green, green and more green
From Mt Matthews, lush forest surrounds you with views east to the Wairarapa Coast and over the pristine bush where Wellington sources it's water in the Ōrongorongo Valley. Prepare yourself for an all day hike and a reward that is well worth it! Starts easy, gets hard. 8 hours return.
A walk your kids will love
A gentle walk among lush forest takes you to a lookout above the wharf - take the zig zag track to complete the loop. The forest track is great for buggies (forest track only) and with the lure of ice cream from the cafés below, little legs will enjoy the view and the reward. Easy. 25 minute loop.
A good walk with great views for all abilities
Riverside Drive, Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt
Te Whiti Riser is an easy 4km walk/ride to the top of the Eastern Hills from Te Whiti Park. Park your car opposite 197 Riverside Drive and begin your adventure. The track passes through many different vegetation types, offering extensive views of the Hutt Valley. Look out for the boardwalk on the 4km cruise or hour-long walk to the top. It’s a family friendly 8km return from Te Whiti Park or venture further on one of the easy ridge-top trails starting at the summit.