Lower Hutt and Petone


Description

Lower Hutt has a good variety of tracks from casual strolls along the River trails through to steep, long climbs up the firebreaks on the Eastern Hutt hills. Most of the tracks are in reasonable condition however there are a few exceptions. Highlights are the welcoming Hutt River ona nice summers day and, for the more adventurous, the ECNZ road in the Eastern Hills


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Hutt River Trail

Hutt River These tracks follow the Hutt River from Totara Park in Upper Hutt through to the Hutt River mouth in Petone. The condition of the tracks vary from concrete highways through to ground trails but overall they're pretty good. The track is used by joggers, cyclists and strollers so keep an eye out.

Time and Difficulty

To complete the one way trip from Upper Hutt to Petone allow 2-3 hours walking or around an hour for biking

Distance and Height

The area has around 40km of tracks so plenty to keep you busy






Normandale Rd to Harbour View Rd

Normandale Rd - Harbour View Rd










This short bushwalk includes a steep set of steps and some nice scrubby bush. Its a haven for many birds, particularly the Tui in spring where they will come surprisingly close to walkers. The views from the top of the track are also pretty good by Lower Hutt standards. This used to be one of the tracks I used regularly on my bike when returning back to the valley floor from Normandale but you'll need to carry you bike on the stairs. The track runs between Normandale Rd and Harbour View Rd

Time and Difficulty

Allow 10 minutes to bike/walk one way with a few minutes extra if you're walking the whole way

Distance and Height

The track is around 500m long



Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park This group of tracks takes in both the history and forest on the lower Western Hutt hills. The track is reasonably well defined in most places although tree falls are common. High points are the frequent history information boards along the walkway and the surprisingly large trees for such an urbanised area. The area is steeped in history mainly around the early settler houses and their gardens. Unfortunately the houses are gone but keep an eye out for the old fences and garden plants along the tracks; the history is well documented. The track runs between Gaskill Grove off Harbour View Rd and Normandale Rd

Time and Difficulty

Allow 45 minutes to walk one way however it is possible to enter and exit the track at various points.

Distance and Height

The track is around 1.6km long



Te Whiti Park to ECNZ Pylon Rd

Te Whiti Park - ECNZ Pylon Rd This firebreak provides access between the park and the ECNZ road on the ridgeline. While it's fairly steep and rutted in places overall its not too difficult to climb and the views are fantastic on a nice day. Around 2/3s of the way up you'll find a strangely out-of-place pond used to provide water for fighting fires. From the top the views take in both the Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata. You can also opt to make loops with the near by Whites Line tracks. Be aware that some short sections are steep and good footwear is recommended. The track starts at the back of Te Whiti Park.

Time and Difficulty

Allow 30 minutes to walk one way and a little longer if you're lugging your bike up. Biking down would be "interesting".

Distance and Height

The track is around 2.2km long



Summit Rd to ECNZ Pylon Rd

Summit Rd - ECNZ Pylon Rd This firebreak provides access to the eastern ridgeline above Lower Hutt. Just above Summit Rd you'll need to get through the rather large gate used to stop motorbike hoons from getting onto the ridge. The firebreak is fairly easy travel although it is rutted in places. Often the track will fork into an easy and steep route round bluffs. This is a good downhill for mountain bikes but keep an eye out for pedistrians. The firebreak starts from the top of the Summit Rd

Time and Difficulty

Allow 30 minutes to walk one way and a little longer if you're lugging your bike up. Biking down would be "interesting".

Distance and Height

The track is around 2.2km long



Rata Loop

Rata Loop Rata loop track provides access to the ECNZ pylon road but is also a great wander in itself. One of the few siddle tracks in Wellington it runs around a valley returning a few hundred metres from where it started in Rata St. The last 200m of the northern track is the only part thats difficult to follow but its not hard to figure out. The prolific birdlife also deserves a special mention.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around 40 minutes to walk one way. While nothing says you can't bike this track isn't really suitable.

Distance and Height

The track is around 2.4km long



ECNZ Eastern Hutt Road

ECNZ Road Eastern Hutt










This awesome 4wd firebreak stretches between the top of the Blue Mountains in Upper Hutt through to the summit of the Wainuiomata Road. The road is in good condition in most places although be wary of ruts and puddles which can be surprisingly deep. A number of access points along the way can be used to shorten the road however if you're going the full distance either have two cars or make use of the Hutt Valley trains.

Time and Difficulty

If you're walking allow at least five hours but the bike ride can be done somewhere between two and three depending on how much actual riding you do

Distance and Height

The track is around 17.1km long and varies between 180m and 450m height above seal level.



Percy's reserve and Puetirotiro

Percy This network of tracks links various pockets of bush between Korokoro and Maungaraki. The lower section is known as Percy's reserve, a great recreational space for the whole family including a mine, waterfall and duck pond. The upper reaches aren't as well tracked but includes great views from Sugarloaf rock and Puketirotiro knob as well as some challenging routes.

Time and Difficulty

The area caters to all tastes but you can do most of the tracks in around an hour



Petone Esplanade

Petone Esplanade This short track is well used by the locals and visitors alike, particularly in the summer months. What it lacks in length it makes up for in activities along the way with fishing from the wharf, visiting the settlers museum or cooling off with an ice cream from one of the food vans. Beware of the many joggers who are often in a world of their own.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around 20 minutes one way. Longer if you do something along the way.

Distance and Height

The esplanade is around 1.6km long but is largely flat



Galbraiths Gully

Galbraiths Gully This track provides access between Petone and Korokoro. The main track was built by the early settlers and has some heritage information signs along the way. The other tracks are dry and wet weather routes that go further into the valley.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around 15 to 20 minutes one way up the hill and a little quicker going the other way

Distance and Height

The esplanade is around 500m long and rises around 100m.



Belmont Regional Park

Galbraiths Gully This regional park is one of the jewels in the Wellington regions crown. It links the Hutt Valley and Western suburbs using a large network of tracks, many of which can be combined to form loops of varying sizes and ability. The views are to die for.

Distance and Height

The park has over 200km of tracks, more than enough for any enthusiast.
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