Heart of the region
For now there are tracks linking Lower Hutt, Cannons Creek, the Paremata Haywards Rd (State Highway 58), and Grenada North.
There are a good handful of other entrances to the park, and a range of attractions to see.
The Dry Creek waterfall and swimming hole is Blue Lagoon beautiful (though not tropical).
The walk up to the Korokoro dam is also surprisingly easy and feels like stepping into an isolated wilderness.
Surrounding the Hill Rd track there are dozens of concrete World War II ammunition bunkers built to look like a poultry farm from the air.
Originally they were intended to house 15,000 tonnes of ammunition, but now some are used as farming stores, and others are left open for sheep and cows to take shelter in, and can be explored.
Regional parks guides say Boulder Hill is dotted with remnants of ancient boulder block fields.
While some of the park’s trails follow the Old Coach Rd, which linked the Hutt and Pauatahanui from the 1850’s, and itself followed a Maori war trail in parts.
Bring: Sunblock, good shoes, a hat that won’t blow away, water, windbreaker, camera.
Check first: Some areas allow dogs, horseriding and mountain biking. Because parts of the park are a working farm, some trails are closed during lambing (usually August to October).
Dogs under control are allowed in the Korokoro, Stratton Street and Dry Creek Valleys but not permitted on farmland.
More information about Belmont Regional Park walks can be found at gw.govt.nz and tracks.org.nz.
Magazine: A row of deserted World War II ammunition stores, seen from the airstrip in Belmont Regional Park.
Hilltop view: The Rimutakas behind Wainuiomata, and pockets of the Hutt Valley, seen from Belmont Regional Park.
Curious: Cows watch from paddocks as walkers pass by on the farm road at the end of Hill Rd.