Belmont Regional Park has a number of great day walks with Belmont Trig the pick of them. Close to Wellington city and located behind Maungaraki, Belmont Trig has commanding views of the city and its harbour.
It’s a little further north than Mt Kaukau, which also offers great views of the city. Belmont Trig gives the walker another city view with stunning views of the rest of the Wellington region. There is an ascent of 400 metres so a good level of fitness is required. Allow 3-4 hours for the 10 kilometre circuit.
If you’re a runner looking for new areas to run, this is a great off road run. This was a favourite of mind when I was running.
The Korokoro Valley is one of the highlights of the walk. This scenic valley has a nice mixture of podocarp forest and native plants. It’s a beautiful peaceful valley that’s nestled between Maungaraki and Horokiwi making it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Oakleigh Street/Belmont Trig/Bake Beans Bend/Oakleigh Street 3-4 hours 10 Kilometres
Starting and finishing at the Oakleigh Street carpark, take the track to the north and descend through native bush to the Korokoro Dam and Stratton Street junction. This will take 20 to 30 minutes. Turn right and follow the Stratton Street track up the valley. At the head of the valley the track will climb onto farmland and lead to a 4 wheel drive track, 40 to 60 minutes. The next section of the walk is above the bushline and is exposed. Carry warm clothing as it can get windy up there. Enjoy the views and follow the 4 wheel drive track which climbs to the top of Belmont Trig.
Belmont Trig is the highest point in the Belmont Regional Park at 456 metres. A great spot for a bite to eat and drink, take some photos and enjoy the view. From here it’s a steep descent to Bake Beans Bend; you have a couple of options for your descent. Continue on and down the Ridge Track or back track to where you left the 4 wheel drive track (2 minutes) and take the Bridleway Track. Refer to the maps below, both tracks lead to Bake Beans Bend. Allow 40 to 60 minutes for the descent.
From Bake Beans Bend take the track to the left and follow to the Korokoro Stream Track. From the junction turn left and follow the track to Korokoro Dam, this section of the track is flat and very scenic. There’s always a lot of ducks at the dam, it’s a nice spot for a rest and something to eat before the final ascent to the Oakleigh Street carpark.
Turn off State Highway 2 at the bottom of Maungaraki and follow Dowse Drive to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Oakleigh Street and follow until you see the park entrance on the right. Refer to the map below.
For public transport, take bus 150 from the Petone Railway Station.
What to Take
There are sections of the walk above the bushline and exposed to the elements. If the weather turns nasty and it can get windy, having the right gear for keeping dry and warm is essential. This is what I recommend you take:
- Food and drink
- Waterproof raincoat
- Sturdy footwear
- Warm clothing: thermals and fleece
- Hat and gloves
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- First Aid Kit
This walk and any of the Day Walks in New Zealand can be tough, so for important information on what to bring check-out my blog on what to take hiking.
To print the above map, click on mapometer.com at the top of the map. The printing and PDF option at the bottom of this page will print or download the post except the map. Once you’ve clicked on mapometer, the link will take you to the printing or export option. If mapometer asks for your location decline, otherwise it will take you to your location and not the above map. This map gives great information for getting to the start of the track, however it’s only a guide of the route, for more detail on the track click on the topomap below and this can also be printed.
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Expect some variation in times depending on conditions and personal fitness levels. I’ve graded this a medium walk; there are some steep climbs, the track is well defined and well-marked, the stream crossings are bridged and the duration of this walk is less than 6 hours. Whereas, a hard walk is one that is more than 6 hours, will have longer steeper climbs, have river crossings and requires good navigational skills.
Enjoy and please leave a comment 🙂