Wellington Regional Trails

Walking time





Walking/Running, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding


Single and double track

Walking difficulty

Easy: Walking track

Mountain Bike Grade

Easy: Grade 2


99m highest point


3 people biking along the Hutt River Trail next to large autumn trees.

Western side of the Hutt River Trail.

About the trail

Hutt River Trail is a flat, well-maintained trail that runs the length of , from Petone all the way to Te Marua in Upper Hutt.

It is popular with local cyclists, walkers, and runners, as well as dog walkers and families seeking a day-long adventure. Horses are permitted too.

The 29 kilometre trail runs the entire length of the Eastern Hutt Riverbank and most of the Western Hutt Riverbank. It follows a mixture of sealed and gravel terrain and can be completed in stages, or in short loops between railway bridges. It is also the first section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail.

Along the way, you’ll pass through lush parks, golf courses, and historic sites. There are many opportunities to stop for a picnic, a quick rest, or to play at a nearby playground.

You’ll even discover two sites featured in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Harcourt Park was the set location for Isengard, the ancient Gondorian fortress at the southern end of the Misty Mountains facing Rohan. The section of the river between Moonshine and Totara Park was the set location for The Great River Anduin.

2 adults and 2 children bike alongside the Hutt River.

Southern end of the Hutt River Trail near Alicetown and the Ava Railway bridge.

  • The Hutt River Trail starts at Hikoikoi Reserve on Marine Parade in Petone and ends at Te Marua in Upper Hutt.
  • You can also access the trail from one of the many bridges along the route:
    • Hutt Estuary bridge
    • Ava Railway bridge
    • Ewen bridge
    • Melling bridge
    • Kennedy-Good bridge
    • Silverstream bridge
    • Moonshine bridge
    • Totara Park bridge
    • Harcourt Park bridge
    • Birchville bridge.
  • Parking is available at various entries to the trail, including the nearby railway stations and recreational areas.
  • There are regular bus and train services to Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. Timetables are available from Metlink.