Upper Hutt off-leash walks

Karen wrote:

I operate Alrona Pet Motel, in Kaitoke Loop, Upper Hutt. I was the first kennel/cattery in Wellington to become Asurequality Approved, and would be delighted if you were able to add my site as a link.

We have a huge selection of walks up this way that are off leash. The only restriction is they have to be on leash in tunnels.

Dogs at play.

Dogs at play.

  • Pylon Loop Track
  • Tunnel Gully – this incorporates Tane’s track, (which is a lovely walk), Mt Climie
  • Te Ara Tirohanga (1 hour return & strenuous)
  • Kaitoke Regional Park (Rivendell, LOTR site also). This park also won, Outstanding Park 2013. The regional park is brilliant and has really easy access.
  • Akatarawa Forest, which is off Akatarawa Rd.
  • Cannon Point Walkway also off Akatarawa Rd. Cannon Point is a lovely walk, but you will have to use GPS for the first time, as is over the river.
  • Rimutaka Rail Trail
  • There is also another access beside the Te Marua golf club and Stuart Macaskill Lakes

Miraz adds: I searched the Upper Hutt City website and was unable to find a list or map of dog-friendly off-leash areas. I did find this on the dog / animal control page:

Upper Hutt is a great place to own a dog, there are many dog friendly areas to walk and exercise your dog. It is important though to keep your dog under control when its on and off its lead, as other people, including young children use the same parks, some of whom may be nervous around dogs. If you do not think that you can control your dog off the lead, in other words, if your dog does not come to you when you call, it is always safer to keep your dog on its lead.

See also this PDF of Walkways in Upper Hutt (2.4 MB).

Update: Karen says: I did mention Cannon Point and that is different to what I thought, as it begins in Totara Park, not Bridge Road.

The one I love, is the Birchville Dam. Takes about 15-20min from the carpark to arrive at the dam. On a sunny day, the view of the dam with reflections is dramatic, to say the least. It is not a difficult walk and great for dogs.