Battle Hill Regional Park


Description

Battle Hill is a historic area with a number of walks and bike rides mainly targetted at families. It is an access into the Akatarawa Forest Park however it is mostly farm land or pine forest with a little native bush. Most of the walks are short and don't require too much fitness however the views are good and the history sites make it fairly unique.


Links

Greater Wellington Council, NewZealand.com, NZCamping.com


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Puketiro Forest Loop

Battle Hill This loop tracks a doozy, running over to Transmission Gully and up a 4wd track through pine forest and open tops. Used both as a loop and access into the wider Belmont Regional Park this loop sees alot of foot, wheel and hoof traffic so keep an eye out. The climb is quite long and strenuous but you will get rewarded with nice views into Porirua and Belmont park on a nice day. Access is gained from Battle Hill farm off Paekakariki Hill Rd or from Belmont Regional Park with Bulls Run Rd being the closest entry point.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around an hour for this section.

Distance and Height

This section of the track is around 4.5km one way and it drops 245m down to 140m at South Mangaone Rd.
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Wetlands Walk

Battle Hill - Wetland Walk This walk takes in a smamp and two small stream valleys and wins the award for the best wildlife in the park. Unfortunately the farm animals have done some damage in the streams but fencing should keep them out and allow things to get even better. This isn't a difficult walk although it is more suited to a quiet wander than a race. The Battle Hill Park is off the Paekakariki Rd

Time and Difficulty

Allow around an hour for this section.

Distance and Height

This section of the track is around 4.5km one way and it drops 245m down to 140m at South Mangaone Rd.
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Summit Loop

Battle Hill - Summit walk This track takes you through the history that gave the hill and the park its name as well as a pleasant stroll down a bush clad stream (one of the few in the park). The hill was the site of one of the early conflicts over land between European and the Ngati Toa tribe led by chief Te Rangihaeata in 1846. Points of interest are well signposted on the route up the hill and the graves of two of the government troops back at the farm lend realism. The farm itself was confiscated along with 25,000 acres of land in Porirua from Ngati Toa and was than sold to the Abbot family in 1860. The farm passed down the family line until Wellington Regional Council purchased the land in 1987.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around an hour for this section.

Distance and Height

This section of the track is around 4.5km one way and it drops 245m down to 140m at South Mangaone Rd.





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