Last Updated: 26th Sep 2023


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Cannon Point Trig via Zig Zag

Upper Hutt, Wellington

Submitted by Jamie Calder

Last Updated: 26th Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 8 ?

Gnarl Factor: 21 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.6%


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Dogs allowed if on a lead. No pig hunting dogs though!

Very easy route to follow. From Tulsa Park follow the only track that takes you in to the hills. There are a couple of wooden steps and a couple of stiles on the route. Single track takes you to a Y junction which is signposted 'Cannon Point Trig via zig-zag' (right) and 'via Valley View Road' (left). Go right for a shorter but steeper climb to the trig. At the top of zig-zag U turn left and you'll see the track that takes you up to the trig, if you had turned right you would end up at Birchville Dam.

From the trig (there's a bench if you need a breather) head downhill until you come to another junction, turn left and keep going downhill. This will bring you back to the Y junction, follow the sign for Totara Park. Track is used by walkers, runners and mountain bikers, there is enough space to overtake, at the narrowest you may want to stand side on for bikes.

High point is Cannon Point Trig that has the sprawling metropolis that is Upper Hutt as it's vista.

Car park can hold approx 10 cars (safety of car park unknown but it is a busy one and in a residential area).

21 km

22 minutes




Follow the signs.

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone



Mountain bikes in either direction, Valley View Rd is accessible to authorised 4WDs and may be in the area.

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Trail Reviews

Nice little loop with some decent elevation. Due to the steep uphill I would consider running in reverse next time. Was very wet and muddy when I ran it today.

Joe Benbow

September 11, 2020

Enjoyable trail with options to extend distance. Made good use of the water fountain in the carpark.

Richele McKenzie

February 5, 2020

Even though I've put up there it's not dog friendly (due to Brodifacoum) I see people up there with dogs all the time (some on and some off the lead, grr to the off). Interestingly if you were to come over from Birchville side then it is dog friendly if they're on the lead, so work that out.Other than that I usually do my 2 and 3 hour training sessions up and down this track alternating direction each lap. Handy as it's less than 5km from my house.

Jamie Calder

October 13, 2019

Nice little run if your short on time. The first 2 km is all up but once at the trig, the views more than makes up for the grind. After taking in the scenery, it's pretty much (other than a couple of blips) all downhill from there which there is also a strava segment for the descent. (Completed in 33 mins)

John Alexander

August 19, 2019

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