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Hutt River Trail

Hutt River Trail

The Hutt River Trail starts at Hikoikoi Reserve on Petone's Marine Parade or you can enter at many points along the Trail to Upper Hutt, 29 km away.

For more information about other entrances check the Getting there tab in the left hand menu.

Dogs are welcome on the Trail and must be on a leash where signs state.

Park notices

COVID-19 update

Posted 7/9/21

At Alert Level 2, we need to play it safe. Park trails are very busy at present, be aware of other walkers and bikers.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Keep a 2m distance from people you don’t know
  • The ranger’s office will remain closed at level 2
  • Dogs must be on leads
  • When using public facilities please wear a mask
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Read the full guidelines >

Temporary track closure

Posted 23/7/21

Recent heavy rain has caused river-bank erosion on the Hutt River Trail.  We’ve temporarily closed the pathway between Trentham Memorial Park and Heretaunga (the south end of the golf club) for safety reasons.  We’re erecting signs showing a detour route (via Fergusson Dr) as shown in the map below.  We’re looking at how we can reinstate temporary access as soon as possible.

Download the map of the detour route.


Running alongside the Hutt River from Petone to Upper Hutt, the 29km Hutt River Trail is an easy scenic walk and cycle path. It also allows access to the river for swimming, fishing and kayaking.

The Trail runs the entire length of the eastern riverbank. If you don't want to bike the whole trail short loops can be made between most of the bridges.

Along the trail you can discover two sites where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. In Harcourt Park you will find the site of Isengard, the ancient Gondorian fortress at the southern end of the Misty Mountains, facing Rohan. Between Moonshine and Totara Park the river was the site for The Great River Anduin.

 The Hutt River Trail runs as far as the Te Marua area of Kaitoke Regional Park and links into the Remutaka Rail Trail.


Park history

Two million years of movement in the Wellington earthquake fault line underneath the Hutt Valley has helped form one of the region's most powerful rivers. Today the Hutt River flows from the southern Tararua Ranges through the Hutt Valley to the Petone foreshore.



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Phone: 0800 496 734
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