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Walkways in

Upper Hutt

Upper Hutt City Council

w w w. u p p e r h u t t c i t y. c o m



Keith George Memorial Park

Pinehaven Reserve

Ecclesfield Reserve

Bartons Bush

Maidstone Park

Cannon Point Walkway

Kaitoke Regional Park

The Hutt River Trail

Mt. Climie and Tanes Track

Tunnel Gulley Recreation Area

Rimutaka Incline

Dobsons Hut/Smiths Creek, Tauherenikau

Rimutaka Trig Track

Karapoti - Cedarholm

Upper Hutt Parks & Reserves

Visitor Information

Walkway Map

Mountain Biking in Upper Hutt

Front Cover, Akatarawa River West Rear Cover, Akatarawa River West Introduction This brochure outlines various walking experiences in and around Upper Hutt.

The boundaries of Upper Hutt extend from the Silverstream Bridge in the south to the summit of the Rimutaka Range in the north and totals 48,428 hectares in area.

Upper Hutt contains many attractive parks and gardens, majestic trees, picnic areas and playing fields with over 80 parks and reserves throughout the City. Information on these areas can be obtained from the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Another feature and attraction of Upper Hutt are the rivers which flow through its boundaries which are ideal for swimming and canoeing in the summer months.

The walkways in this brochure are classified according to the following scale Path (Easy), Walking Track (Some fitness required) and Tramping Track (tramping experience needed) The times stated throughout this brochure are for family groups.

Walkers and trampers please remember :

• Go with a friend or friends.

• Tell someone where you plan to walk and approximately how long it will take.

• Wear suitable warm clothing and strong shoes or boots.

• Be particularly careful regarding fires, cigarettes, and dogs as many of these walks are through forestry areas.

• Remove any litter and dog droppings.

Look Outs Each point that offers view of either the Hutt Valley, Mangaroa or Whiteman’s Valley has been marked with a on the walking maps.

“Take nothing but photos - leave nothing but footprints”

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These tracks leads up through a mixture of Beech and Tawa forest - a remnant of the original vegetation of the Hutt Valley.

Up to four different walks can be taken from the River Road carpark, ranging in times from under an hour to up four hours.

Loop Track:

The lower loop track is a benched walk through the lower parts of the park.

Travelling south, from the carpark, to the original entrance to the park, the track then travels up hill, via steps, before it loops back onto itself. Should take under an hour, for most trampers.

Trig & North Ridge Loop Walkers can walk up either of these tracks across the Pylon Track and back down the other track. Should take most trampers 21/2 hours.

Moonshine/SH58 Walk Once reached, via either the Trig or North Ridge Track the Pylon Track can be walked either through to State Highway 58 or Moonshine Road. Walking through to Moonshine Bridge should take most trampers four hours.

Walking Time:

2½ hours for loop walk back to carpark.

3 - 4 hours to Moonshine Bridge.

To get there:

Keith George Memorial Park is situated by the Silverstream Bridge, car parking off River Road at start of walk. Closest public transport stop: Silverstream Railway Station. No toilet facilities available.

An information board, with a full map is located at the carpark.

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Pinehaven Reserve Classification: Path Starting by the Pinehaven Scouts Building at the Pinehaven Reserve, a fork of two short tracks through a mixture of beech and tawa forest.

One part of the fork is a short easy walking track which ends at Pinehaven School.

The other part of the fork graduates to steps reaching to Blue Mountains Road.

Walking Time:

15 minutes for Pinehaven School Track.

15 minutes for Blue Mountains Road Track.

To get there:

Enter the Pinehaven Reserve on Pinehaven Road. Car parking is available.

The reserve is on the local bus route.

Closest public transport stop: Silverstream Railway Station.

Toilet facilities are available.

For more information contact the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, telephone (04) 527 - 2141.

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Ecclesfield Reserve Classification: Walking Track The entrance to Ecclesfield Reserve is off Blue Mountains Road. Ecclesfield Reserve was donated to the Royal Forest and Bird Society in 1965 by Miss E.M. North.

Easy walking tracks through tawa and beech forest. Many other native trees and plants can be found. The tracks are well marked with a look out situated at the western corner of the reserve on the Te Kouka Knob. Views of the surrounding area can also be obtained from other vantage points.

Walking Time:

40 minutes return following the Five Finger Walk.

To get there:

Follow Blue Mountains Road in Pinehaven. The Reserve is next to No. 31.

There is limited car parking available.

Closest public transport stop: Silverstream Railway Station No toilet facilities available.

For more information contact the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, telephone (04) 527 - 2141.

For further information about the Upper Hutt Forest & Bird please contact:

Secretary Upper Hutt Forest & Bird P O Box 40-875 Upper Hutt

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Bartons Bush Classification: Path Part of Trentham Memorial Park and adjoining the Hutt River Trail, these flat, easy walking tracks wind through the only surviving remnant of tawa forest, which once clothed the Upper Hutt Valley. An ideal educational resource situated in a park which also contains many other recreational activities.

Walking Time:

30 minutes to an hour.

To get there:

Entrance to Trentham Memorial Park is from Barton Road and Brentwood Street carparks. Access to Bartons Bush is also available from Holdsworth Avenue or the Hutt River Trail. Closest public transport stop: Trentham Railway Station.

Toilet, picnic and playing facilities available.

For more information contact the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, telephone (04) 527 - 2141

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Maidstone Park Bush Walks Classification: Walking Track Situated on the hills at the rear of Maidstone Park these walks range from a lower walk passing through native bush and ferns to higher walks reaching to the ridge line giving good views of both Upper Hutt and Mangaroa Valleys.

Walking Time:

30 minutes for small lower loop track.

45 minutes for longer lower track 1 hour for ridge top walk

To get there:

Maidstone Park Bush Walks are accessible from within the park off Park Street, or from Seymour Grove in Kingsley Heights. Closest public transport stop: Upper Hutt Railway Station Toilet facilities available in the park.

Parking available.

Maidstone Park is situated very close to the Railway Station, Central Business District and H20 Xtream.

For more information contact the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, telephone (04) 527 - 2141.

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Cannon Point Walkway Classification: Walking Track The walkway provides a very pleasant walk through areas of regenerating vegetation and mature bush to the top of a prominent ridge overlooking the Hutt Valley. From Bridge Road carpark the walk follows the pipeline from the old Birchville reservoir. Once past the Birchville Dam the track follows a graded climb out of the valley to the hilltops above Cannon Point. There is a shorter zig zag track down the southern face of the hill, or a longer descent following the forest access road.

The track passes through private property, at the Tulsa Grove end. The owner of the private property has authorised use of his land under the condition that no dogs be taken on it. Please respect his wishes.

Walking Time:

Approximately one hour return - Bridge Road to Birchville Dam, 3 - 4 hours Bridge Road to Birchville Dam, Cannon Point returning via California Drive.

To get there:

Enter either off Bridge Road, Akatarawa or Tulsa Grove, Totara Park. Car

parking is available at both ends of walkway. Closest public transport stop:

bus route 10 from Upper Hutt Railway Station.

No toilet facilities available.

For more information contact the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, telephone (04) 527 - 2141, or Greater Wellington Regional Council, telephone (04) 526 - 4133.

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Cross the swingbridge and follow the track downstream through rimu and rata forest.

Walking Time:

A return walk via the flume bridge and along the service vehicle road - one hour return.

The Ridge Track

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The ridge track begins 250 metres on the left after crossing the vehicle bridge.

The start of the track is uphill through beech forest. Splendid views of the Hutt Valley are gained from the ridge top. The highest point on the ridge is 485m which is near the Kaitoke end of the track. Entrance to this track can also be gained at the Te Marua pumping station.

Walking Time:

Allow 3½ hours for the walk to the Te Marua entrance one way.

Pakuratahi River Walk

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This easy walk links the camp ground to Pakuratahi Forks. Cross the footbridge and follow down the river through mixed podocarp - broad leaf forest.

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The Terrace Walk begins 300m after crossing the vehicle bridge. It passes through prime rimu and kahikatea forest. This walk is wheelchair accessible.

Walking Time:

30 minutes return.

The Weir Walk

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The Weir Walk is tar sealed and leads up stream through bush to the weir which collects water for the supply to the Wellington Region. The clear deep pools on the Hutt and Pakuratahi Rivers are ideal for swimming. This walk is wheelchair accessible.

Walking Time:

30 minutes return.

To get there:

Follow State Highway 2 from Upper Hutt 9km to the Te Marua entrance for Kaitoke Regional Park.

Toilet facilities available at Kaitoke Regional Park.

For more information and transport enquiries contact the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, telephone (04) 527 - 2141, or Greater Wellington Regional Council, telephone (04) 526 4133.

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The Hutt River Trail Classification: Walking Track The Hutt River Trail runs the length of the Hutt River, from the Petone Foreshore, as far as Kaitoke Regional Park. There are many entry points to the trail between Petone and Upper Hutt so detours to other walking areas in Upper Hutt are possible. This section will focus on the Upper Hutt sections of the Hutt River Trail.

Silverstream - Moonshine A gravel service road gives walkers and vehicles access to the west river bank between Silverstream and Moonshine. Vehicles can also use the eastern track through Moonshine Park. Trentham Memorial Park and Bartons Bush are accessible from this section of the River Trail with gates allowing walking and cycle access down to the river. Parts of the trail cross private land (Wellington Golf Club). Please stay on the track and respect private property.

Walking Time:

2 hours return.

Moonshine - Totara Park Upstream from Moonshine Bridge, large trees shade pleasant picnic spots at Poets Park. The Trail is accessed from River Road (State Highway 2) and follows service tracks along the eastern river bank to Totara Park Bridge.

Walking Time:

1 hour each way Totara Park - Te Marua Follow the gravel service road from Totara Park Bridge past Maoribank to Harcourt Park. Here you will find an adventure playground, holiday park and toilets. From Harcourt Park you can cross the footbridge and continue upstream along the west bank to Bridge Road or follow Akatarawa Road to Birchville.

From the Bridge Road/Akatarawa Road intersection the trail follows the river, behind houses on Gemstone Drive, to State Highway Two. The Trail then follows SH2 to Te Marua, going under the Mangaroa River Bridge.

From Te Marua, walkers can access Tunnel Gully and Kaitoke Regional Park.

A new underpass links Tunnel Gully with Kaitoke Regional Park at the top of Kaitoke Hill.

Walking Time:

4 hours return

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Mt. Climie Classification: Tramping Track The walk to the summit of Mt. Climie follows a steep road. The summit is 860 metres high and gives marvellous panoramic views of the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa on a clear day. Follow the road from the upper picnic area.

Walking Time:

5 hours.

Tanes Track

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A shorter walk or an alternative walk is Tanes Track. Climbing above Tunnel Gully, you pass through hard and black beech forest to Collins Stream. The track follows down the other side of the stream to the upper picnic area. A steep route leaves Collins Stream and climbs sharply to Mount Climie Road (see facilities at Tunnel Gully Area).

Walking Time:

1 hour return.

To get there:

Signposted from Te Marua - see Tunnel Gully Recreation Area Information.

Closest public transport stop: Bus route 12 from Upper Hutt Railway Station Toilet Facilities at Tunnel Gully Recreation Area.

For more information contact the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, telephone (04) 527 - 2141, or Greater Wellington Regional Council, telephone (04) 526 - 4133.

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