Belmont Regional Park, located 20 km north of Wellington city centre, is a great spot for a destination run. Located in the hill country between Porirua and the Hutt Valley, the 8,600 acre park features 10 well-signed trails (“tracks”), with something for all abilities. The terrain includes open farmland, wooded trails, and some rolling hills. Note this is a popular area for mountain biking, so please be aware. Some trails are bike only, others are shared. There are numerous entrances. Trail info here. A few recommendations:
Puke Ariki / Haywards Korokoro Traverse. Choose a section of this 21.6 km trail that runs the length of the park. A challenging trail run through open grass pastures and farmland, woods, and steep hillside, but on a decent 4WD surface.
Belmont Trig Track. Combination open and wooded trail, with 360-degree views from the Tararua Ranges all the way to the Kaikōura Ranges. 2.3 km out and back, 40m gain.
Waterfall Walks. Several that are good for running, notably the Korokoro Dam Loop.
- Depends on trail chosen
- Rolling hills