Love exploring on foot? The Hutt Valley has the walks for you!
Te Whiti Riser
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.
Dry Creek Valley
Hebden Crescent, Kelson, Lower Hutt
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, enroute you may see a smaller waterfall. Great for young family groups, especially in summer. It's a rocky walk so its not suitable for buggies.
Plateau Road, Upper Hutt
Follow Upper Tane's Track through tall rimu, matai, kahikatea and tawa forest, cross the old railway then dig deep for a climb through beech forest until you reconnect with Collins Stream, where you'll be delighted by this peaceful waterfall. Spend some time relaxing and listen to the birds sing, before returning to Tunnel Gully Recreation Area where you can take a dip in the river.
Marine Drive, Days Bay, Lower Hutt
Across the road from one of the most popular swimming beaches in Wellington you'll find Williams Park. Several sports fields give you a chance to kick a ball around or run off some energy and the park backs on to beautiful native bush, great for a wander.