The mystical green light and chuckling waters make this a surreal walk, culminating in the small waterfall at its conclusion. Wet feet and an obstacle course of a track to get here though.
Dry Creek entrance is immediately on the left after turning into Haywards Hill Road (SH58) from SH2.
Belmont Regional Park is signposted on the right, where there is a parking area and information board. The start of the track is signposted at the far end of the carpark.
This is more of an obstacle course than a track. After a grass clearing and 2 bridged crossings of the Waterfall Stream, the track enters a densely forested steep sided gorge.
The track weaves a plait with the stream, crossing it around 20 times. It hops over boulders, skirts skipped banks and dives under fallen trees. At times you are walking up the stream.
Look for occasional orange circles on trees and pick your route carefully. Don’t attempt to avoid wet feet on this walk, as scrambling over slippery rocks can be lethal if you lose your footing.
Buttress roots of pukatea trees lend a tropical air to parts of the forest. The base of the trees, with their planked margins, grow to provide extra support in the pukatea’s preferred swampy locations.
North Island ▷ Wellington Region ▷ Hutt Valley
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