Wellington Regional Trails

Walking time

1 hr return






Single track

Walking difficulty

Easiest: Short walk


203m highest point


Yes (on lead)

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About the trail

The Swingbridge Track is a family-friendly 2 kilometre loop walk that takes about 1 hour to complete. It takes you across a swing bridge suspended high above the Hutt River, then weaves downstream towards the river gorge. On this walk, mature rimu and rātā trees tower above you, and the Hutt River churns below.

For the past 20+ years, Kaitoke Regional Park has been a stopping point for Lord of The Rings fans, as the area was a filming location for Rivendell.

The trail can be accessed from Kaitoke Regional Park Campground on Waterworks Road.

There are regular bus and train services to Upper Hutt, but the entrance to the park is a 2-hour walk from public transport. Bus and train timetables are available from the Metlink website.

Native bush and trees in the Kaitoke Regional Park.