Belmont Trig is the highest point in Wellington’s Belmont Regional Park, which lies between Porirua and the Hutt Valley. The park contains many points of historic interest (e.g. Korokoro dam, WW2 ammunition stores, and an old coach road), as well as magnificent views over greater Wellington. The park is also home to Boulder Hill, and it is possible to perform a double peak bagging in a single day walk along the hills.
|Elevation||457 m (1,499 ft)|
|Location/List||North Island, New Zealand|
|Location Coordinates||41° 11′ 0″ S, 174° 52′ 26″ E|
|Nearest Town/s||Lower Hutt, Wellington
|LINZ Topographic map/s||BQ32 Lower Hutt|
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There are many options for reaching Belmont Trig:
- Stratton St – This is shortest and quickest option for bagging Belmont Trig. You simply leave the Stratton St carpark, and follow the track up to the trig.
- Oakleigh St – 4 hours – This track leaves the Oakleigh Street park entrance, descends to the Korokoro Dam, and then climbs via Baked Beans Bend to the Belmont Trig (457m).
- Cornish St – Korokoro Stream Track – 3 hours – If you wish to bag the trig from near sea level, you can follow an old steel pipeline up the Korokoro Valley.
- Cannons Head Track – 4 hours – From the Porirua side of the Belmont hills, you can enter at the Cannons Creek Lake Reserve, climb to Takapu Road, and then connect with the ridge track that links Belmont Trig and Cannons Head.
- Puke Ariki/Haywards Korokoro Traverse – 7-8 hours – For a full day walk (on which you can also bag Boulder Hill), you can start from the Dry Creek ?Haywards? park entrance, and walk along the tops all the way Belmont Trig, before heading down the Korokoro Valley and to Cornish St in Petone. To do this walk, you can park at the Petone train station, then take the Hutt Valley line to Manor Park station to start your walk back up and over the hills. Be warned however, a good map and navigation skills are recommended for this trip, as there are a maze of tracks in Belmont Park, and not all are signposted. You may well end up descending at some point well before you want to!