Heart of the re­gion

Kapi-Mana News - - FEATURE -

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.

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