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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.
It's an easy track, follow the path for 10 minutes past the pond and along the creek. You'll cross the creek a number of times via foot bridges and there are plenty of chances to experience a forest full of birds, trees, berries and other wildlife. Explore the Weta Cave by the pond on your way back but remember to BYO torch!
An even-graded track follows an old steel pipeline from the Cornish Street entrance upstream through mature bush to the Korokoro Dam. This dam was built to supply water for the Petone Borough in 1903.
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.
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.
One of the most impressive falls in Wellington region, Birchville dam previously supplied Upper Hutt's water. Cross a narrow swing bridge and follow a stream to the historic reservoir lake and dam. Enjoy the clear water and reflections of the trees where you'll be charmed by the cascades and the history.
This charming falls is 10 minutes from the carpark, up from the Boardwalk Bridge between the Belmont Trig and Middle Ridge Tracks. Park your car at the Stratton Street entrance of the Belmont Regional Park.
Head up from the Cornish Street entrance before the Korokoro Dam and continue north to Baked Beans Bend. Prepare to get your feet a little wet with a stream crossing and look for the little tributary.
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.
Pack a picnic for a day of exploration at Staglands Wildlife Reserve. With two waterfalls, a cave, lookout, tractor-trailer rides and plenty of animals, this is a great day out with the family. Discover Trout waterfall, hidden in the Secret Garden with goldfish lazing about in the pond or head past Tracy's Cave for the waterfall in the Forest Wetlands.