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
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.
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.
1747 Main Road North, Kaitoke, Upper Hutt
After enjoying lunch at the cafe, grab a day pass to wander around the Aston Norwood gardens - all 14 acres of them! Open year round, these gardens change with the season and in mid-September, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. One feature that you'll always find is the waterfall. Press the button to make it go, it does look best after 20 minutes when the water is at full flow.