Loop the Hutt ValleyBeginner - Intermediate
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Undulating, some big hills
Native bushRiversideOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
Kingsley Street firebreak closed until approx April 2023. Could reroute by descending through Stokes Valley via Horoeka Street Scenic reserve and rejoining the Hutt cycle trail. Belmont Regional Park - Parts of the park (farmed areas) will be closed during lambing and calving, typically August through October annually. Check https://www.gw.govt.nz/parks/belmont-regional-park/ for latest notices.
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Start along the Petone Esplanade and cross the Waione St bridge. Head north along Randwick Rd until turning right on White Lines East until you reach Te Whiti park. There are toilets and water available here.
Commence a steep climb directly up the Te Whiti firebreak to the ridge/4wd track. Follow the firebreak (ECNZ track) north for approximately 12km until the descent towards Silverstream retreat via Kingsley Street firebreak. There are multiple routes off the firebreak so it's recommended to keep your situational awareness and follow a gpx route.
Descend through Silverstream Retreat and cross the road to join the Hutt River trail. Continue north and cross the Silverstream bridge turning left to follow the Manor Park cycle trail alongside the golf course. Cross the Manor Park railway bridge and head south to the Dry Creek entrance of Belmont Regional Park. Toilets and water are available at the campsite. Fill up as no drinking water is available in the park.
Follow The Puke Ariki traverse (see guide here) until exiting at Cornish Street, Petone. Head north to cross the Petone Rail bridge before returning to the start.
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Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 25%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Sealed Road: 15%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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The loop starts along the Petone Esplanade. Recommend starting from the dog exercise zone carpark or the Petone pier.
Petone railway station nearby. Plenty of public carparking available along The Esplanade and at the dog exercise zone.
Recommend following a GPX route as there are multiple routes off the ECNZ firebreak and poor signage along the way. Similarly in Belmont Regional Park there are orange markers and signage for Puke Ariki Traverse but a GPX is handy here.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Water is available along Petone Esplanade (start), at Te Whiti park and Dry Creek campsite (just over halfway). There isn't any readily available drinking water along the firebreaks or along the Puke Ariki Traverse.
In winter it can be very exposed on the tops so be prepared and dress appropriately. Similarly in summer you are exposed to sun and should take extra fluid.
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