Hidden away in the Hutt Valley, Tane’s Track is a leisurely 2.3km walking route winding from the Tunnel Gully car park through native bush to Mount Climie and back.
Begin your walk from the lower picnic area, then take the left-hand branch through rimu, mātai, kahikatea, and tawa forest. Cross the road that once formed the Remutaka railway line and climb through black beech forest up to Collins stream and a waterfall.
Shortly after starting back towards the car park, you’ll cross the Mount Climie access road and pass a grove of eucalyptus trees. This was once the campsite for workers who built the Mangaroa Railway Tunnel in 1877. This hour-long walk is protected from southerlies and is dog-friendly.
The trail starts from the Tunnel Gully car park, located at the end of Plateau Road in Te Marua, 10 minutes north of Upper Hutt. The car park is clearly signposted.
There are regular bus and train services to Upper Hutt and the surrounding areas. Timetables are available from the Metlink website.