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Love to ride? So do we, which is why you’ll find some of Wellington’s best riding right here in the Hutt. Trails range from easy to epic, across all sorts of terrain – from hills and riverside, to rugged coast.
Starting just north of Upper Hutt, this classic trail follows a gentle incline along an old railway line. The sights just keep on coming with creaky bridges, rusty relics, pretty riverside and forest scenes, and the lovely Summit picnic area with its spooky tunnel just beyond.
Wainuiomata Trail Park is a community-built MTB park boasting 20km of bush-lined trail complete with hill climbs and epic descents. A local gem and a must for lovers of flowing single-track.
Try your skills on a growing collection of dedicated MTB tracks for all abilities. With nine free, community-built trails to choose from, thrill yourself with fast-paced downhill courses, wet and winding tracks, and a few flow courses for good measure. Find them at Tunnel Gully Recreation Area.
Part of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, the Hutt River Trail is flat, easy path winding 28km from Upper Hutt to Petone. Bike hire at Hutt Park in Moera is nearby more gentle hill trails for valley views. Head upriver through our neighbourhoods with parks and cafés along the way.
A short drive from Lower Hutt, Belmont Regional Park is hilly farm park lined with fab MTB trails, most of which boast huge views over the Wellington region. It’s best suited to intermediate riders; check out 4 Degrees, Bull Run and Electric Avenue.
On-the-spot bike hire and easy access from Eastbourne makes Pencarrow Coastal Trail an achievable day ride for visitors, as does cruisy pedaling on flat terrain. As for the rewards … wow! The coast here is seriously wild, while the short but sharp climb to Pencarrow Head affords eye-popping views of the harbour, Cook Strait, and beyond. Perched atop is Pencarrow Lighthouse.