5 trails with a view
These trails are the ones to head to when you want guaranteed knock-out views. Whether you’re looking for some stunning photos for your Instagram or just fancy sitting and soaking up a spectacular view, these are the trails for you. Good views tend to go hand-in-hand with hill climbs, but we’re sure that you’ll agree that the views are worth the effort.
1. Te Araroa Paekakariki Escarpment Track
Take in spectacular views of Kāpiti Island from high above the Kāpiti Coastline on one of the region’s finest walking experiences. The Paekakariki Escarpment Track is 10km in length and runs from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay but can be done in either direction. Expect steep hill climbs (you’ll scale around 2,000 steps!), swing bridges and narrow pathways and, of course, jaw-dropping views the whole way along.
3. Skyline Track
It ain’t called the Skyline Track for nothing – this trail boasts skyward views across the nearly all of the Wellington region. One of Wellington’s premier trails, the Skyline Track is a journey along Wellington’s highest ridgelines and peaks from Makara Peak all the way to Mount Kaukau. With many entrances and exits along the way, the Skyline trail makes the perfect adventure either on bike or on foot. This trail involves some challenging terrain with plenty of steep bits, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with pretty sweet views. A great bus and train service can help get you home at the end.
5. Te Ara a Rangituhi/Colonial Knob Summit
Te Ara a Rangituhi in Porirua is a huge reserve set on 110 hectares of farmland slowly regenerating into indigenous vegetation and features a range of trails, including the Te Ara Utiwai Track. Enjoy the gentle climb to the Rangituhi Lookout, as you run through stunning native bush. The trail connects with the Colonial Knob Walkway to form an 8km half-day walking circuit.