Puke Ariki TraverseBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Jo Pearce
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Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
Stage 1: Boulder Hill (4.56km) Climb from the Hutt Valley to the summit of Boulder Hill, starting at the Dry Creek entrance to Belmont Regional Park.
Stage 2: Murphys (2.57km) Steep 200m+ descent from the summit of Boulder Hill, along a rough farm track and across open paddock. For much of its length the track is ill-defined, though the orange markers provide sufficient guidance.
Stage 3: Belmont Road (2.41km) Near the end of Murphys there is a short climb up to Belmont Road, which then continues climbing to a major intersection near the gas station.
Stage 4: Duck Creek (0.68km) Continue straight ahead from Belmont Road past the gas station and around the hill, then jump the fence just before the road heads down hill and cross the airstrip.
Stage 5: OCR Belmont (0.64km) From the airstrip briefly dip down into a valley and up to another major intersection.
Stage 6: Round Knob (0.95km) Head up the steep grassy track to the west (away from, rather than past, the bunker), over a hill and then skirt around the base of Round Knob.
Stage 7: Dress Circle (4.55km) From Round Knob, jump a couple of stiles and then head southwest along a series of rolling hill tops, valleys, and saddle points.
Stage 8: Belmont Trig (0.29km) Go through a large wooden gate and up the last section of the Belmont Trig track, to a smaller gate that is 20m south of the actual trig.
Stage 9: Belmont Trig South (2.69km) Proceed down the very steep and, in places, quite rough track that descends from Belmont Trig to the base of Horokiwi Valley.
Stage 10: Baked Beans Bend (0.78km) From the clearing known as Baked Beans Bend, follow a wet and wild track down the valley, including many unbridged creek crossings.
Stage 11: Cornish Street (3.01km) From a large "Belmont Trig" sign carved into a fallen tree, head down this mild valley to finally emerge at the end of Cornish Street.
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Features of interest
Amazing views of the Hutt Valley, Wellington Harbour and Kapiti Coast
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%
Gravel Road: 25%
The track starts from Belmont Regional Park's Dry Creek entrance, off State Highway 2. From the car park climb up the short zig-zag track next to the information board, and then turn right up the 4x4 road.
There is secure parking at the Dry Creek entrance, where the gates are locked at 6pm and some parking at the Cornish Street end (where the track ends) but this end is not as secure and is on an industrial park. The Manor Park train station is not far away from the starting point and the Petone train station is not far from the end point. You can park at either the dry creek end and get the train back to manor park after run, or park at Cornish street end and get train to Manor park at the start of the run.
There are a few places along the tops where the orange triangles have gone, so look for white poles in the ground.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
There isn't any readily available drinking water on this route, however, there are a few Tarns, if you were to carry a filter with you. Suggest carrying your own water though.
In Winter, it can be very exposed on the tops and muddy, so dress appropriately.
In Summer it can be very hot with little water available, so dress appropriately and take plenty of water and sun protection.
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See other runs nearby:
Eastbourne Ridge Loop
XTERRA Orongorongos Long Course
Belmont Regional Park - Oakleigh to Hill
Wainui Trail Park
Mt Matthews - Mukamuka Loop
Where in the Whakanui?
Te Whiti Firebreak Calf Burn
Cannon Point Trig via Zig Zag
Te Whiti Riser
Belmont Tadpole Loop
Lighthouses and Lakes
Pareraho to Cornish
Baring It All
Wainuiomata Recreation Area