Eastern hills

With stunning views, regenerating natives and rare New Zealand species, the Hutt Valley’s Eastern Hills are an accessible urban wilderness bringing a bit of our natural heritage closer to everyone.

About the Eastern Hills

The Eastern Hills offer tramps for all ages and skill levels, ranging from a short bush walk to an all-day tramp.

Once ravaged by fire, the hills are changing from gorse yellow to native green. On a good day you can see right across the entire Hutt Valley from the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand (ECNZ) Track, as far as the peaks of the Seaward Kaikōura Ranges.

Some of the tracks are managed by us, and some by the Greater Wellington Regional Council. Some tracks cross private land and we’re extremely grateful to the owners for sharing their property with us all.

The Wainuiomata Trail Park is part of the Eastern Hills – a great destination for walking, running and mountain biking.

Tracks in the Eastern Hills  stretch from the Bus Barn in Eastbourne to Upper Hutt.

Walking tracks have access points at regular intervals along the Eastern Hills and provide links to Wainuiomata, Upper Hutt and Eastbourne. The ECNZ Track provides the backbone of the walking track system and most tracks start or finish on the ECNZ Track.

  • walking tracks
  • mountain bike tracks
  • toilets
  • extensive views
  • remnant native forest

The Eastern Hills are open to the public 24 hours a day.