Approximately 40 kilometres north-east of Wellington city, tucked away in lush native bushland, lies Birchville Dam – a hidden treasure of the Hutt Valley region.
Birchville dam was built in 1930 to supply water to Upper Hutt, the city at the north end of the Hutt Valley.
In 1958 the dam was decommissioned when Upper Hutt joined the Wellington regional water scheme. Today the historic reservoir is a beautiful attraction along the Cannon Point bushwalk.
Cannon Point walkway is a moderately demanding walk in the hills to the north of Upper Hutt. It is about 10 kilometres long and passes through private land and Greater Wellington’s Akatarawa forest and provides spectacular views of the Hutt Valley.