Cannon Point Walkway
Get superb views of the Hutt Valley and visit the Birchville Dam
The Cannon Point and Birchville Dam walk is a 90-minute intermediate level trail through the hills north of Upper Hutt.
It is 8km long and passes through both private land and Greater Wellington's Akatarawa Forest. The trail starts from Tulsa Park and zigzags uphill through private land and Akatarawa Forest to the summit, where you'll find spectacular views over the Hutt Valley. It then continues along old forestry roads to the north and descends to the historic Birchville Dam.
The dam, built in 1929, supplied water to Upper Hutt until the Kaitoke Scheme started in 1954. From here, you'll continue 1 km downstream and over a suspension bridge to the end of the trail.
You can choose to start or finish the trail from Tulsa Park or Bridge Street in Upper Hutt:
Take State Highway 2 to Upper Hutt, then turn onto Totara Park Road and continue to the end of the street.
Take State Highway 2 to Brown Owl, Upper Hutt. Turn onto Akatarawa Road and continue until you see the signpost for Bridge Road. The car park is located about halfway along Bridge Road.
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Enjoy that feeling where you smile to yourself and take it all in because you've earned the vista opening out in front of you