Belmont Regional Park – high, wide and open
If you’re looking for breathtaking views, the seclusion of bush-clad valleys and a place for family picnics, walking, running, mountain biking or horse riding, then Belmont Regional Park is the place for you.
Located in the hill country between Lower Hutt and Porirua, the regional park is easily accessible from Petone, Kelson, Lower Hutt, Grenada North and Porirua. Once there, you’ll find plenty to enjoy.
There’s a network of walking and tramping tracks for all abilities, so you can experience the green intimacy of the historic Korokoro Valley, tackle the challenge of the exposed Belmont Trig which, at a mighty 456 metres, is the highest point in the park and offers a fine panorama of the greater Wellington region. Use the park’s extensive network of trails to explore its many and diverse physical environments.
Bush lovers will find much of interest. The park is essentially a plateau, with steep hills creating valleys that fall to harbours and river valleys. The Korokoro Valley contains the last significant stand of rimu, rata, tawa and kohekohe in the southwest of the Wellington region, and pukatea, matai and kahikatea can be found in the forests of Dry Creek and Cannons Creek.
History buffs will be rewarded by visiting the historic Korokoro dam, which provided water supply for Petone from 1903, and the 62 impressive and atmospheric concrete ammunition magazines built to support the Pacific campaign. You can also walk the Old Coach Road, which from 1872 linked the Hutt Valley with Pauatahanui.
Horse riding is permitted on trails in some areas of the park, and there is horse float parking at the Stratton Street and Dry Creek entrances. Mountain biking is also welcome, with a wide variety of routes, but care should be taken on multi-use trails.
There are facilities for camping, by arrangement with the park ranger, at the Dry Creek entrance.
At Stratton Street there is also a classroom which is available for hire for groups of up to 35 people.
Belmont Regional Park is a great place at any time of the year.