Wellington Regional Trails

Walking time

7 - 8 hr




Walking/Running, Tramping/Hiking, Mountain Biking


Single track

Walking difficulty

Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain Bike Grade

Expert: Grade 5


454m highest point



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About the trail

The Puke Ariki (‘The Place of Leaders’) trail offers a unique and varied journey across some of the region’s most beautiful and rugged terrain.

You’ll weave along 4WD tracks and meander along native bush-clad trails, and climb steep hillsides. Starting at the Dry Creek entrance, trail climb climbs to the top of Boulder Hill. From there it follows undulating farmland to the airstrip, Round Knob, Cannons Head, and Belmont Trig. The track then drops down into Korokoro Valley and exits at Cornish Street in Petone.

Sometimes referred to as Haywards Korokoro Traverse, Puke Ariki is suitable for mountain bikers and walkers.

Five people standing on the summit of Boulder Hill, Puke Ariki in Belmont Regional Park at sunset.
  • This trail can be completed in either direction by starting at the Dry Creek entrance to Belmont Regional Park or Cornish Street in Petone.
  • There are regular bus and train services to Porirua, Lower Hutt and the surrounding areas. Timetables are available from the Metlink.