Belmont Regional Park, Wellington, New Zealand
Puke Ariki (meaning "the place of leaders") traverses the length of Belmont Regional Park. Along the way you'll encounter a variety of terrain and track types, including 4wd gravel roads, open grass pasture, and single track through native forest. There's a fair bit of climbing involved, with the track starting at an altitude of 30m, crossing three significant peaks (Boulder Hill, Cannons Head and Belmont Trig) each of which is in excess of 400m high, and then descending almost to sea level.
Also known as Haywards Korokoro Traverse.
Advanced (sections range from Easy to Advanced)
Bike and Foot
The traverse is an aggregate of parts or all of several tracks within the Belmont Regional Park. Therefore, the description is divided into stages, corresponding to each of the constituent tracks that comprise the traverse.
Stage 2: Murphys (2.57km)
Steep 200m+ descent from the summit of Boulder Hill, along a rough farm track and across open paddock. For much of its length the track is ill-defined, though the orange markers provide sufficient guidance.
Stage 5: OCR Belmont (0.64km)
From the airstrip briefly dip down into a valley and up to another major intersection.
Stage 6: Round Knob (0.95km)
Head up the steep grassy track to the west (away from, rather than past, the bunker), over a hill and then skirt around the base of Round Knob.
Stage 7: Dress Circle (4.55km)
From Round Knob, jump a couple of stiles and then head southwest along a series of rolling hill tops, valleys, and saddle points.
Stage 9: Belmont Trig South (2.69km)
Proceed down the very steep and, in places, quite rough track that descends from Belmont Trig to the base of Horokiwi Valley.
Stage 10: Baked Beans Bend (0.78km)
From the clearing known as Baked Beans Bend, follow a wet and wild track down the valley, including many unbridged creek crossings.
Stage 11: Cornish Street (3.01km)
From a large "Belmont Trig" sign carved into a fallen tree, head down this mild valley to finally emerge at the end of Cornish Street.
The following video begins at Dry Creek and Finishes at Cornish Street. Ridden in Winter on a single speed.
The track starts from Belmont Regional Park's Dry Creek entrance, off State Highway 2. From the car park climb up the short zig-zag track next to the information board, and then turn right up the 4x4 road.
The track ends at the end of Cornish Street, Petone.
Puke Ariki was created in 2005 with the intention of it becoming a "signature track" for the Belmont Regional Park. Naming the track involved wide community consultation by the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
9 Aug 2010 by BCNU
Download GPS path: kml