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Love exploring on foot? The Hutt Valley has the walks for you!
Kaitoke Regional Park provides access to trails in the foothills of the mighty Tararua Ranges, including the popular Kaitoke Swingbridge Track through pristine lowland forest taking you to the source of the Hutt Valley’s water. Easy, 1 hour return. While you're there, explore The Lord of the Rings Rivendell film location nearby.
A wide, smooth, and easy trail great for young kids rising gently up to harbour views. Follow the Kererū track signs behind the duck pond at Williams Park to lush beech and rata forest full of birdlife. Finish the 25 min loop walk with an urban zig-zagging pathway back to the other end of the park.
Follow an old water pipeline upstream through mature bush to the unexpected sight of the first gravity-fed concrete dam in New Zealand, built to supply water for the Petone Borough in 1903.
Start the moderate 3 hour return walk at Belmont Regional Park entrance, 10-minutes walk from Petone Railway Station.
Reaching one of the Hutt Valley's best lookouts, Cannon Point walkway walk zig-zags steeply uphill for panoramic views of the upper Valley, across to Wellington and as far as the Kaikoura Ranges in the South Island. For a gentler approach to the lookout, head up past Birchville Reservoir Dam for quick climb, then along the bushy tracks in Akatarawa Forest, also used for forestry.
Capture views across Wellington Harbour and the neighbourhoods of Lower Hutt on the Te Whiti Riser, an easy walk to the top of Lower Hutt’s Eastern Hills. 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.
Escape to the relaxing sound of rushing water at Wellington region’s tallest waterfall at Percy's Scenic Reserve, 5 minutes drive from central Lower Hutt, get your feet wet on the trail to Dry Creek Waterfall in Belmont Regional Park or explore native forest and valleys along Tane's Track in Tunnel Gully Recreation Area.