Birchville Dam Waterfall


Birchville Dam Waterfall

No doubts, one of the most impressive falls in Wellington Region, Birchville Dam Waterfall is found in Belmont Regional Park. Easy access, waterfall’s beauty and crystal clear dam’ water make this falls a very popular spot among the locals.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 41° 05.376' E 175° 05.211' 
Parking: the end of Bridge Rd, Birchville, Upper Hutt
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 45min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 15m Type of the waterfall: Block



Walking and driving instructions


Birchville Dam Waterfall is roughly a 40 minutes’ drive away from Wellington (with traffic could be more than a one hr). The road surface is always sealed.

From Wellington travel north on the SH-1 for roughly 6km, then turn right into the SH-2 and stay on it for the next 29.5km. Turn left into Akatarawa Rd and follow it for the next 2km. Turn left into Bridge Rd, cross the Hutt River via a bridge. A car park is found in 800m from the beginning of Bridge Rd. The parking is small and doesn’t have any facilities there (no toilets).

From the parking cross a stream via a suspension bridge and follow a well-maintained Cannon Point Walkway (Birchville Dam walk) for 20-25 minutes until you reach the Birchville Dam. The waterfall drops from the dam, and it’s observed from the lookout. Also using the stairs you can walk up to its top. Here, you can enjoy the beautiful trees’ reflection in crystal clear dam’ water.

Return via the same track, or continue to Cannon Point Walkway which can be walked as a loop (3-4 hours).

Almost at the beginning of the walk (within 5 minutes after crossing the bridge) you’ll hear ‘water dropping’ sound and you’ll see a side track (on your left). If you wish, with care, follow this side track (5 minutes return) which brings you to charming cascades. The descend to the cascades can be dangerous – be very careful here!


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


The breathtaking views and bush-clad valleys of Belmont Regional Park make it a favourite open space for walking, running, mountain biking and horse riding. Located in the hill country between Porirua and the Hutt Valley, the park features the historic Korokoro Dam, World War II ammunition stores and the original main coach road from Wellington. Boulder Hill has sweeping views over Porirua Harbour, the Lower Hutt valley and the remnants of ancient boulder block fields.


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