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Petone to Maymorn

35km, 3-5 hours, Grade 2 (Easy)

Suitable for:  Beginners, casual cyclists and families.

Things to be aware of:  This is the only section of the trail within easy reach of the shops.  If your ride is across a few days, ensure you have enough food and water.

Family Hutt River Trail

The first section of the trail runs mostly along the banks of the Hutt River, through parkland on the fairly easy grade sealed and gravel paths of the popular Hutt River Trail. Suitable for families, the population centres of Upper and Lower Hutt are nearby, meaning it’s ideal for a half day casual ride, either partially or in its entirety. For more experienced riders, it’s an easy warm up before the more technical forested section.

Beginning at Petone Wharf. Riders then head along the  foreshore to the mouth of the Hutt River, historic site of the Hikoikoi pā, one of the largest Māori settlements in pre-European New Zealand. The trail then follows the river north-east through the park-like public corridor on both sealed and gravelled pathways.

Eventually leaving the riverbank at Te Marua, riders follow a short road section to the entrance to Tunnel Gully to begin the second part of the trail.

Points of interest:

  • Petone Settlers Museum – Exhibits from New Zealand’s earliest European settlements.  The first settler ship, the Aurora, arrived at Pito-one (now Petone), founding the settlement that would become Wellington
  • Te Wai Ora - A short detour from the trail you'll find this beautiful sculpture.  Made up of two parts, one being a fountain and the other a place where you can fill up your bottles with pure artesian water.
  • Pito-One Pa site – One of pre-European New Zealand’s largest Māori settlements.
  • Boulcott’s Farm Memorial – in remembrance of colonial soldiers killed in 1845 clash with Māori.
  • Barton’s Bush – part of the Trentham Memorial Park. It is a remnant of the native forest that once largely filled the upper Hutt Valley.
  • Harcourt Park – Includes the pedestrian suspension bridge at Norbert Street, Lord of the Rings film location (Gardens of Isengard), and views of seismic terrace formations.

Don't leave Petone without picking up some antipasti supplies from La Bella Italia.  Sneak in a quick coffee while you're there too!