Wide open tracks and trails
Keep your distance while going the distance on these wide open walking and cycling tracks and trails around the Hutt Valley
This path was originally an important route for the first settlers of the region to gain access to the neighbouring region of Wairarapa and is full of history. Discover lighthouses, shipwrecks and the beautiful Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera Lakes.
Follow an easy gravel road out to the 1906 lighthouses on the shoreline and venture up to New Zealand's first light house was erected on 1 January 1859 - home to New Zealand's only woman light house keeper. Carry on past the lighthouses to wetlands and ride or walk the lake loops.
ECNZ Pylon Road
Exploring the top of Lower Hutt's Eastern Hills is made easy with the old ECNZ Pylon Road that sits stop the ridgelines all the way from the top of Wainuiomata Hill Road to Stokes Valley. Be ready for long gentle rises as this four-wheel-drive trail winds its way up and down, but mainly across. You'll connect up with Waiu Park, Radio transmission towers and the top of the Te Whiti Riser walk. It's also a shared trail with mountain-bikers who are taking it easy between more technical trails all around.
Remutaka Rail Trail
Following the Pakuratahi River, you'll pass over restored railway bridges and through historic tunnels remaining from the original Wellington to Wairarapa railway line. This Rail trail makes for an ideal day out with the Summit area which is perfect for a picnic lunch. Be sure to venture on to the spooky Summit Tunnel before heading back to Kaitoke and take the time to spot signs along the way which tell stories of the historic railway and surrounding area.
Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve
Ocean Beach Road, Wainuiomata Coast, Lower Hutt
Popular for surfcasting, diving and surfing, it's a 45 minute walk to Turakirae Head and the fur seal colony. The colony began in 1950 and has steadily increased since then to become the largest haul out on the south Wellington coast. Fur seals are present in highest numbers during winter where you can see up to 500 of them. Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve also provides habitat for a variety of native birds and reptiles. The public road ends 3km before Turakirae Head. Park at the carpark 300m before the end of the public road. From the carpark, walk along the road and over the Orongorongo River Bridge.
With wonderful views over the Cook Strait, Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui is a rugged coastline offering walks to the Baring Head Lighthouse, headlands and coastline towards Pencarrow Lighthouse and Parangarahu Lakes.
From the Wainuiomata Coast Road entrance, you'll be able to follow the Wainuiomata River to the coast, with a walk to the lighthouse taking just over an hour. Following the main escarpment, you'll pass giant boulders, popular with rock climbers, the historic pump shed used to take water to the lighthouse cottages and World War II bunkers.