Haere mai, welcome to Hutt River Trail

Location Eastern Hutt Road, Silverstream, Upper Hutt 5019

This is an easy scenic walk and cycle path running alongside the beautiful Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt River from Petone to Te Marua. The 29km Hutt River Trail also boasts access to the river for swimming, fishing and kayaking.

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A view of the river on the Hutt River Trail
A view of the river on the Hutt River Trail
A view of the river on the Hutt River Trail
A view of the river on the Hutt River Trail
A view of the river on the Hutt River Trail



The majority of the trail runs on both sides of the River. The left bank (or Eastern side) makes up a section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail - one of New Zealand's Great Rides. Trail surfaces vary from sealed asphalt - perfect for children and buggies, to compacted gravels for the more keen walkers and cyclists.

If you don't want to bike the whole trail short loops can be made between most of the bridges. Along the trail In Upper Hutt 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, and between Moonshine and Totara Park and at Poets Park, off SH2 at Moonshine, the river was the site for The Great River Anduin.

The Hutt River Trail is a great place to take time out from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy what the river environment has to offer. It is a popular area for recreation, so whether you decide to spend time on foot, wheels, in the water, or alongside your furry friends, please be kind and respectful to others you meet along the shared pathways.

Know before you go

  • Dogs are allowed off lead on the Trail but must be under control and on leads on stop-bank paths and sealed shared pathways. Please remove droppings
  • Use the rubbish bins provided or take your litter home
  • Mountain biking is allowed on all sections of the Trail.  Always wear a helmet, show consideration for other Trail users and observe the mountain bike code
  • Picnic tables and barbecue sites are often situated near swimming holes. Gas barbecues are permitted. Light no fires.
  • Motor vehicles are permitted only on formed roads. Slow down and give way to other users. Keep off the grassed river berm, stopbanks and pedestrian trails
  • No trail bikes, ATV quads or trikes are permitted on the Hutt River Trail
  • Playgrounds are located at Sladden, Avalon, Trentham Memorial, Te Haukaretu and Harcourt Parks
  • Toilets are located at Hikoikoi, Sladden, Avalon, Trentham Memorial, Moonshine and Harcourt Parks as well as in High Street, Lower Hutt, and at Akatarawa Road, Birchville

Park notices

Rāhui in place

Posted 20/1/22

A rāhui has been placed at Ngāti Tama Park on Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River following the tragic death of the 5-year old child.  A rāhui is the tikanga (customary practise) that prohibits access to an area of water or land.

In Māori culture, when a body is found in water, a rāhui is imposed out of respect for the person that died. It’s a form of tapu, a cultural practice that restricts a range of activities, including swimming or mahinga kai / collecting food from the water, for a period of time. 

The rāhui for this stretch of the river at Ngāti Tama Park will be in place until one day after the tangihanga, date to be confirmed, and we ask that you don’t access the river in that area for recreation during this time.

Track repair complete 

Posted 24/12/21

The pathway between Trentham Memorial Park and Heretaunga (the south end of the golf club) re-opened on 24 December 2021.  

This section of path was temporarily closed in July 2021 to keep the community safe after heavy rain eroded the riverbank and the walking and cycling path that runs alongside it. Repair work to restore access to this popular trail is now complete. Some additional planting work will be carried out in the area next winter. 

Covid-19 update

Posted 3/12/21

The Wellington Region moved to the Orange setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework at 11:59pm, Thursday 2 December 2021. Most of our regional parks facilities and campgrounds will not require a vaccine pass.

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Getting there

The Hutt River Trail starts at Hikoikoi Reserve on Petone's Marine Parade or you can enter at many points along the Trail from here to Upper Hutt, 27 km away. These points include the bridges across the river: Hutt Estuary, Ava Rail, Ewen, Melling, Kennedy-Good, Silverstream, Moonshine, Totara Park, Harcourt Park and Birchville bridges.

Ava, Melling, Pomare, Manor Park and Silverstream Railway Stations are handy to the Trail, together with various bus services. Bicycles may be carried on trains for free, on a "first come first served" basis.

See the Metlink Journey Planner  for the best way to reach the Hutt River Trail via public transport.

Hutt River Trail

Updated January 20, 2022 at 12:33 PM

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