Hutt River Trail section

Walking time





Horse Riding, Walking/Running, Mountain Biking


Shared trail

Walking difficulty

Easy: Walking track

Mountain Bike Grade

Easy: Grade 2


133m highest point


Yes (on lead)

About the ride

This first section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail is a mostly flat ride through parkland along Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River. The section is mostly wide sealed paths, with occasional gravel sections making it suitable for all ages and abilities.

Starting at the Petone Foreshore and riding along the river to Te Marua, you’ll pass some interesting cultural sites, including Māori pa (fortified villages) and early European settlements. Hikoikoi Reserve, Avalon Park, and Harcourt Park are great picnic stops, while Taita Rock and Whakamoonie swimming holes are safe spots to take a river dip.

When you reach Te Marua, you’ll leave the river and ride 2km on the road to reach Maymorn and the start of section two.

Along the way there’s plenty to explore including the Petone Settlers Museum, Jackson Street’s many cafés and shops, The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, and Brewtown in Upper Hutt.

  • Bike hire and shuttle services are available.
  • By bike - Ride 14km on the road from Wellington CBD to Petone, or 20km from Wellington Airport.
  • By car - Drive 15 minutes from Wellington CBD to Petone, or 30 minutes from Wellington Airport. Street parking is available in Petone as well as many of the parks and reserves which access the ride along the Hut River Trail.
  • By train - Take the Hutt Valley Line from Wellington Railway Station to Petone Station, or start the trail further up at Ava, Melling, Pomare, Manor Park, or Silverstream stations.

Check the Metlink timetable for information and updates and their policy on taking bikes

2 cyclists bike along the path on Petone beach, where we can see the Petone Wharf and Wellington harbour in the background.

Jay French

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