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Walking, running and tramping

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Walking, running and tramping

Updated 13 December 2017 3:14pm

Belmont Regional Park offers walks over rolling hills, through bush-clad valleys and across farmland. Below are some of the most popular options. All walking times are for the return trip. Wear strong shoes or boots.

Dogs are permitted in the Korokoro, Stratton Street and Dry Creek valleys. Keep them under control and remove droppings.

Waterfall Track 

  • Moderate grade
  • 1 hour

A pleasant scramble for all ages which follows Dry Creek from the park entrance through native bush up towards a small waterfall and back again. Expect wet feet as you cross the stream several times. Flat grassy areas near the start are ideal for picnics. Great for young family groups, especially in summer.

Not suitable for buggies. Dogs OK - keep them under control and remove droppings.

You can download a map of this walk from the right of this screen.

Korokoro Dam Loop

  • Moderate grade
  • 1 hour

A walk that takes in the historic Korokoro Dam, regenerating and mature native bush. Start at the Oakleigh Street entrance to the park, at the track nearest the information kiosk.

Not suitable for mountain buggies. OK for backpacks. Dogs OK - keep them under control and remove droppings.

Korokoro Stream Track

  • Easy grade
  • 3 hours

This evenly graded track follows an old steel pipeline from the Cornish Street entrance upstream through mature and regenerating bush to the Korokoro Dam. The dam was the first gravity fed concrete dam in New Zealand, built to supply water for the Petone Borough in 1903. Return the same way or exit via Oakleigh Street.

Not suitable for mountain buggies. Dogs OK - keep them under control and remove droppings.

Boulder Hill Track

  • Moderate grade
  • 2 hours

A scenic climb to Boulder Hill, starting at the Kaitangata Crescent, Kelson entrance to the park. The track passes through regenerating scrub and native bush, giving good views of the Hutt Valley on the way and sweeping vistas of Porirua harbour from the peneplain fields at the top. Return the same way.

Not suitable for mountain buggies. No dogs.

Kilmister Track

  • Moderate grade
  • 3 hours

Starting at the Hill Road entrance, this loop track gives panoramic views of Kelson and the lower Hutt Valley, before following the main stream valley up to Belmont Road. Turn left to climb gently southwest, passing the WWII munitions magazines on the way back to Hill Road.

Not suitable for mountain buggies. No dogs.

Please keep to the designated route. Walk closed August-November for lambing. You will need to cross several streams.

Old Coach Road

  • Moderate grade
  • 3 hours

The original route between Normandale and Pauatahanui, the Old Coach Road starts at the top of Normandale Road and crosses Belmont Regional Park (including Waitangirua Farm) via a road sized track. It finishes at Belmont Road, off SH58.

Not suitable for mountain buggies as you need to cross several stiles. No dogs.

Please keep to the designated route. Walk closed August-November for lambing.

Belmont Trig Track

  • Strenuous grade
  • 4 hours

Close to the city, yet with mature native forest and all-round views from the Tararua to the Kaikoura ranges, this walk has it all.  Pick a clear day and pack snacks, drinks, warm windproof clothing and your camera.  The walk starts and finishes at the Oakleigh Street entrance to the park, descends to the Korokoro Dam then climbs via Baked Beans Bend to the Belmont Trig (457m). Return via farmland and forest, enjoying tawa, kahikatea and rimu.

Not suitable for mountain buggies. Dogs allowed.

Maara Roa Valley Loop

  • Moderate grade
  • 1 ½ hours

A walk through farmland and around the Cannons Creek forest. Enter at Takapu Road and follow the track towards the right for views of the Cannons Creek headwaters and Cannons Head. Giving good views of the proposed Transmission Gully motorway route, the walk follows the farm track around to the left passing regenerating native forest and new plantings. Continue on to the bridge over Cannons Creek then a steady climb back up to Takapu Road for great views over Porirua Harbour.

Not suitable for mountain buggies. No dogs.

Cannons Head Track

  • Strenuous grade
  • 4 hours

Entering at Cannons Creek Lake Reserve, you climb to Takapu Road, passing the Maara Roa forest restoration project. Continue up a ridge to intersect with a track running between Belmont Trig and Cannons Head, then turn left and follow the open ridge towards Cannons Head. The track runs further along the ridge top before turning left back down to Cannons Creek. Worth the effort, this half-day hike offers great views round the Hutt valley, Wellington and Porirua harbours and towards the South Island. It is in wide open country, so take wind and waterproof clothing, strong footwear, snack food and plenty to drink.

Not suitable for mountain buggies. No dogs.

Puke Ariki/ Haywards Korokoro Traverse 

  • Strenuous grade
  • 7-8 hours

Take the challenge! This rewarding full day walk traverses the length of Belmont Regional Park. Starting at the Dry Creek ‘Haywards’ entrance the track rises to Boulder Hill, along farmland to the Airstrip, Round Knob, Cannons Head and Belmont Trig. The track then descends into the Korokoro Valley and exits at Cornish St in Petone. Along the way is a diverse range of landforms and vegetation, from farmland to native forest.

Not suitable for mountain buggies.  No dogs.

Public transport from Manor Park (near Dry Creek) and Petone railway stations is available. Go prepared for all conditions, take warm, windproof clothing, strong lace-up footwear and sufficient food and drink for your trip.