Best buggy-friendly walks in Wellington
Take the little ones outside and into the great outdoors with our top picks of buggy-friendly trails.
You can’t beat Wellington’s stunning waterfront for a scenic laid-back stroll. The wide and fully-paved footpaths provide lots of space, and with the path stretching from the centre of the city right around to Evan’s Bay, you can walk for as short or as long as you like. Let the kids burn off some steam at the playgrounds at Waitangi Park or Oriental Bay, and celebrate the end of your walk with a tasty treat from Kaffee Eis or Carello Gelato.
Got kids interested in native flora and fauna? Or perhaps want to learn more yourself? Look no further than Otari-Wilton’s bush, the only botanic garden in New Zealand whose sole focus is helping native plants thrive. The flat pathway along the bottom section of the Circular Walk is suitable for prams and young kids, meaning you can bring the whole family along (park at the Churchill Drive car park).
For the more intrepid, take the Blue Trail to find the 800-year-old Rimu Tree. There are coin operated gas barbeques for a picnic on the Troop Lawn. Note – the barbeques are not available for public use until we move to Alert Level 1. Just a 15-minute drive from the central city, this trail may just become your next go to on a nice day, this whole area is very sheltered even in high winds.
Hutt River Trail
Stretching from Petone foreshore right up the Hutt Valley to Upper Hutt, this family-friendly trail is popular with locals all year round. Set amongst the scenic backdrop of Te Awa Kairangi, the entire 29km is either sealed or gravel terrain, and it’s easy to create your own loop with the many bridges that cross the river. Finish your walk in Petone so the little ones can enjoy a nautical-themed playground, or end with a refreshing dip in Upper Hutt’s Harcourt Park paddling pool.
Te Ara Piko
At the edge of the picturesque Pauatahanui Inlet lies ‘the meandering path’, an easy accessible trail that crosses native salt marshes and wetlands. This flat trail takes less than an hour and includes a mix of gravel paths and boardwalks overlooking the peaceful harbour, with much of the area lovingly restored by the local rotary group.
Waikanae River Trail
There’s plenty of room for the kids to run around in at this popular reserve in the Kāpiti Coast. The trail itself is a flat gravel pathway that runs along both sides of the Waikanae River, and you may spot ducks, sheep, horses and even pukeko! Plus, there’s picnic facilities and a playground in the domain.
Gums Loop Track
The Wainuiomata Recreation Area is a picturesque spot for a buggy stroll. A loop track nestled amongst the forest leads you to one of the region’s oldest dams and relics of Wellington’s water history. One section of the walk includes a swing-bridge crossing, so it’s recommend for smaller prams. Keep an ear out for native birds along the way!