Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Pareraho to Cornish

Lower Hutt, Wellington

Submitted by Daniel Bowbyes

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 30 ?

Gnarl Factor: 46 ?

18.0km

820m

850m

450m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush

Open farmlands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

20%
40%
20%
20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.2%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

3:15

Slow

2:25

Moderate

1:40

Fast

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.

This trail includes the peak Belmont.

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.

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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

Unknown

No

Hard.

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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Trail Reviews

Great trail, especially after the gorse had been cut back. Ran it on a stormy day but apart from the trig it was nice and sheltered.

Richele McKenzie

November 13, 2021

Really enjoyed this trail. Speedy’s Reserve is GORGEOUS - definitely a hidden gem. It’s worth noting that you need to turn right at Rocking Horse Hill. The signs aren’t that clear. Unfortunately the ECNZ road and Kilmister track are currently covered in gorse so it was a bit ouchy from there. I enjoyed Bull Run as it was very runnable (and there were no bulls). All in all, a great mission.

Joe Benbow

January 29, 2021

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