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Pareraho to Cornish, Wellington

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Pareraho to CornishIntermediate

Submitted by Daniel Bowbyes

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Lower Hutt

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops


3:15 (Slow)
2:25 (Moderate)
1:40 (Fast)



The section after Speedy’s Reserve is closed in Aug/Sept for lambing, check Regional Park website for exact dates.

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Head in to Speedy’s Reserve and through Pareraho Forest following the track markers to Rocking Horse Hill. Once at Rocking Horse Hill take the track to the right which will take you to an ECNZ track (note this can be a little overgrown at times with gorse).

Take a right and head up the ECNZ access road to the Belmont Regional park farm land. Once past the last pylon the ECNZ track meets a farm track and you will see track markers. Take a left and head down the farm road which is part of the Kilmister track.

Cross the small stream and head up the stream following the Kilmister marker posts to the top of Hill Road car park. On the other side of the car park is a track called Bull Rush, follow this and at the intersection go straight ahead and down a short track to the old Coach Road.

Take a Right and head up the gravel road for 30m and then take a left down either Electric Avenue (watching out for Mountain Bikes) or 4 degrees which is a little longer. At the bottom of the valley is a water and toilet stop and this marks the half way point.

From here, follow the track next to the small stream for 1km and then head up the farm track to Belmont Trig. This is a steep grind/walk but a very rewarding view from the top. It’s all down hill from here, follow the track down from Belmont Trig to the Mill Stream and take a Right to head to Cornish St.

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Visit the Maori Pa site as you head up through Pareraho Reserve then enjoy the amazing views as you climb up to Bull Rush track and again as you grind up to Belmont Trig.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 20%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

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  • Access

    Head up Major Drive for 50 meters and you will see a sign for a small reserve called Speedy’s Reserve on the left just before the first bend. Head down in to the reserve and you will see the start of the track next to the river.

    There is some parking at the reserve entrance or you can park on the other side of the motorway at the school and use the underpass to head across to Kelson.

    5 km

    5 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    On the section after Pareraho Forest across the Belmont Regional park farm land the marker poles can be a little hard to spot at times as the cattle and sheep some times knock them down. Keep following the stream up hill, the markers have you crossing the stream a couple of times.

    Perfect throughout.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    A water tap is available at the 10K mark at the whooshed at the bottom of Electric Avenue / 4 Degrees track.

    The Belmont Regional Park farmland section can get muddy in winter depending on the stock that the farmer puts through this area.

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