Hutt Valley Rides


To make it easier to find rides in particular areas, I have listed rides in several parts of the Wellington Region (outside of Wellington City). Mostly they are rides that are less than an hour’s drive from the city. I have sorted them into different areas:
  • The Hutt Valley – from the Rimutaka Rail Trail in the north, down the river valley, to Pencarrow in the south.
  • Porirua – From Tawa to Pukerua, and from Mana to Pauatahanui and Whitby
  • Kapiti – From Paekakariki to Otaki
  • The Wairarapa
Links are listed in reverse chronological order, i.e. the latest ride is at the top.


18 March 2018 – Pencarrow – A perfect day for a Pencarrow ride, from Burdan's Gate to the Porangahau Lakes and back. I reached over 6,500 km on my e-bike odometer.

11 March 2018 – E-bike group ride to Te Marua –  From Seaview, up the Hutt River Trail to Te Marua, with lunch in Heretaunga on the way up. Back the same way. A very long ride 61 km.

1 November 2017 – Folding Goldies ride – Akatarawa – We took the Kapiti train from Tawa to Waikanae, then rode up Reikorangi Road and Akatarawa Road to Staglands, for a lunch stop. Then down the Upper Hutt side of the hill. Down to Petone on the Hutt River Trail, train to the bottom of Ngauranga Gorge, then bike up the Gorge home to Churton Park. Phew!

3 October 2017 – Whiteman's Valley – Just John and me this time. Train from Petone to Upper Hutt. Up Wallaceville Road into Whiteman's Valley. Lovely springtime ride through the valley, and back to Petone on the Hutt River Trail.  

18 August 2017 – Folding Goldies ride to Te Marua – Train from Petone to Upper Hutt, up the hill into Mangaroa Valley, to Tunnel Gully, and to Stonestead in Te Marua for "tea and scones". Then back along the Hutt River trail back to Petone. Also the sad story about my "huga huga" bike horn.  

7 June 2017 – Folding Goldies ride – Whiteman's Valley – Train from Petone to Wallaceville, biked up the hill to Whiteman's Valley, along the valley, then down Blue Mountains Road to Silverstream. Lunch, then biked back to Petone on the Hutt River trail.

21 March 2017 – Petone to Eastbourne – An easy 28 km ride from the Petone foreshore to Eastbourne and back. 
 
1 March 2017 – Folding Goldies ride – Te Whiti Riser – A group ride to try out the newly completed Te Whiti Riser track. As a bonus Simon Morton of Radio NZ's "This Way Up" came along to make a programme about the Folding Goldies group. Unfortunately, for John and me it was not one of our most successful rides.

11 February 2017 – Rimutaka Rail Trail – A ride from the Kaitoke entrance of the Rimutaka Rail Trail to the Summit and back.

4 February 2017 – Hutt River Trail – From Seaview to past Avalon (where the sealed surface runs out). Quite a bit of damage from flooding ta few days earlier.

15 December 2016 – Folding Goldies Ride to Te Marua – Rather a late write up of a ride done on 15 December 2016. Train to Upper Hutt, riding up the hill into the Mangaroa Valley, ending up at Te Marua for Devonshire teas at Stonestead. Bike along the Hutt River trail from Te Marua to Silverstream to catch the train back to Petone

13 August 2016 – Folding Goldies Ride to Pencarrow – A harbour crossing by ferry to Days Bay, bike to Pencarrow, explore the Parangarahu Lakes, bike back to Days Bay for lunch, then home along SH2 from Petone, and up Ngauranga Gorge. I did not go on this ride, as we had our grandchildren staying with us during the school holidays.

1 May 2016 – Hutt River Trail – Upper Hutt to Petone – Train to Upper Hutt and bike back to Petone, with friend Pat.

25 April 2016 – Hutt River Trail and Point Howard – An easy ride on Anzac Day, and a few good photos.

16 March 2016 – Mangaroa Valley and Te Marua – A Folding Goldies ride: train to Wallaceville, bike to Mangaroa Valley and Maymorn, back to Petone down the Hutt River trail.

16 January 2016 – Upper Hutt to Petone – Train to Upper Hutt, ride to Petone with sister Aimée and friend Pat. 

9 January 2016 – Hutt River Trail, with new convert, Pat – Petone roundabout to Seaview and back. 

11 November 2015 – Folding Goldies ride – Whitemans Valley – Train to Wallaceville, bike up the hill to Whitemans Valley, lunch at Short Straw Café, down Blue Mountains Road to Silverstream, bike back to Petone. 

16 October 2015 – Petone to Eastbourne 

1 October 2015 – Two short rides – Hutt River Trail and Wellington Waterfront 

1 September 2015 – Trentham to Petone and other rides – Train to Trentham and bike back to Petone. Also a ride from Mana to Pautahanui. 

30 June 2015 – Folding Goldies and a midwinter dinner – Folding Goldies ride, train to Trentham, bike back to Petone. SCD dinner at “The Pines”. 

19 June 2015 – Mangaroa Valley – Drive to Upper Hutt, bike Magaroa Valley loop, back to Upper Hutt. 

19 May 2015 – After the floods – Seaview to Stokes Valley – Hutt River trail. 

11 May 2015 – Seaview to Avalon – Hutt River Trail. 

18 April 2015 – Whitemans Valley – Train to Upper Hutt, ride into Whitemans Valley, Blue Mountains Road to Silverstream, bike back to Petone. 

15 April 2015 – Two rides up the Hutt River Trail – First ride Seaview to Stokes Valley and back. Second ride up the western side of the Hutt River from Ewen Bridge to Manor Park and back. 

14 April 2015 – Testing an interesting electric bike – Picked up a SmartMotion eMetro electric bike from Wellington Electric Bikes (then still located in Upper Hutt), biked into the Mangaroa Valley. 

11 February 2015 – Six rides since the Mackenzie trip – One of the rides is Eastbourne to Pencarrow. 

18 November 2014 – Hutt River Trail – Silverstream to Totara Park – A ride with sister and brother-in-law. 

26 October 2014 – Folding Goldies ride – the Akatarawa Road – Train to Upper Hutt, ride Akatarawa Road to Waikanae, train back. 

15 October 2014 – Four go biking the Hutt River Trail – From Seaview to Lower Hutt and back, with sister and brother-in-law. 

14 October 2014 – Rimutaka Rail Trail – From Kaitoke to the summit and back. 

19 September 2014 – Hutt Valley River Trail – Upper Hutt to Petone – Train to Upper Hutt, bike back to Petone. 

17 August 2014 – A short Hutt Valley ride – Seaview to Avalon and back, on the Hutt River Trail. 

22 July 2014 – Inaugural ride of the “Folding Goldies” – Train to Upper Hutt, ride the Hutt River Trail back to Petone. 

21 June 2014 – Petone to Point Howard 

15 Jue 2014 – Rimutaka Rail Trail (3) – Kaitoke to the Summit and back http://dizzysfoldingbike.blogspot.co.nz/2014/06/rimutaka-raill-trail-3.html

10 June 2014 – Pencarrow – Ride to Pencarrow Lighthouse, then on past the Kohangapiripiri Lakes, as far as the remains of the “Paiaka”, and back. 

25 March 2014 – Hutt River Trail – Seaview to Upper Hutt – There and back. 

16 March 2014 – Upper Hutt to Seaview and Petone – Train to Upper Hutt, bike back on Hutt River Trail. 

7 March 2014 – Petone to Days Bay – There and back. 

28 February 2014 – Train, ferry and Pencarrow – Train from Johnsonville, ferry to Days Bay, bike to Pencarrow Lighthouse and back, ferry and train home. 

11 February 2014 – Rimutaka Rail Trail (2) – Kaitoke to the Summit, through the second tunnel, then return. 

19 January 2014 – Petone to Lowry Bay – and pottery and music – There and back, then a visit to my sister’s pottery showroom, and a concert in the Botanic Gardens. 

18 January 2014 – Silverstream to Harcourt Park and art exhibitions – There and back, then a visit to Dowse Art Museum. 

22 December 2013 – Petone and Hutt River Trail (2) – Petone to Stokes Valley and back. 

15 December 2013 – Milestone – 1,000 kms since March! – Te Ara Tawa 

24 November 2013 – Pencarrow and Baring Head – Eastbourne to Pencarrow Lighthouse, past Kohangapiripiri Lakes, to Baring Head and back. 

21 November 2013 – Petone and Hutt River Trail x2 – First ride: Petone to Kennedy-Good Bridge and back. Second ride: Seaview to Stokes Valley and back. 

27 October 2013 – Rimutaka Rail Trail – Kaitoke to the Summit and back. “Official” opening of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. 

21 October 2013 – Dancing, biking and more dancing! – Between two dance events, a bike ride up the western side of the Hutt River, from the Ewen Bridge to Manor Park and back. 

29 September 2013 – Petone Foreshore and Pottery Exhibition – Petone to Avalon and back. 

9 September 2013 – Hutt River Trail and art exhibitions – Silverstream to Upper Hutt and back. Then a visit to Dowse Art Museum.

28 July 2013 – Hutt River Trail and Dowse Art Museum – Silverstream to Upper Hutt and back, then a visit to Dowse Art Museum. 

21 July 2013 – Petone Foreshore – Petone to Seaview and back. “Documenting” recent storm damage. 

11 July 2013 – Pencarrow Lighthouse – Eastbourne to Pencarrow Lighthouse, past Kohangapirirpiri Lakes, up the hill to the original lighthouse, and back. 

15 June 2013 – Eastbourne and Pencarrow – There and back. 

8 June 2013 – Western side of the Hutt River – a mostly flat ride – From Ewen Bridge to Manor Park and back. 

2 June 2013 – Upper Hutt – From Harcourt Park, along River trail, to Bridge Road and Akatarawa Road and back. 

13 May 2013 – Western side of the Hutt River – Petone, through Shandon Golf Club, to Avalon Bridge, and back on eastern bank. 

9 May 2013 – Upper end of the Hutt River Trail – Silverstream to Harcourt Park, across the river, back to Totara Park, and back to Silverstream. 

25 April 2013 – Hutt River trail – again – Seaview to Lower Hutt and back. 



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