Top 5 best trails in Wellington
The best of the best, the crème de la crème, the pick of the litter – you get the drift – these trails are sure to impress. Popular with locals and visitors alike, these are the trails to make you fall in love (or fall back in love) with the Wellington region.
1. Remutaka Cycle Trail
One of New Zealand’s Great Rides, the Remutaka Cycle Trail is one for your bucket list. Starting near the creative and culinary capital, Wellington, travel through Lower Hutt, nestled by the Hutt River, and Upper Hutt, set amongst bush-clad hills. An old rail trail leads you through the Remutaka Ranges, to the country roads of rural Wairarapa and its boutique vineyards. The final section takes you along the rugged South Coast, where mountains dive into the Pacific Ocean.
3. Te Araroa 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 Escarpment Track is not for the faint-hearted: you’ll climb 220 metres above sea level, scale around 2,000 steep steps, navigate narrow pathways across ridgelines and traverse two swing bridges. Head out on an adventure and make a day of this 10km long trail.
5. Skyline Track
One of Wellington’s premier trails, the Skyline Track is a journey along Wellington’s highest ridgelines and peaks, from Makara Peak, past Mount Kaukau to Johnsonville. The historical Skyline trail makes the perfect adventure either on bike or on foot and in either direction, and you can customise your experience with the many starting and exits points.
This trail involves some challenging steep terrain, but you’ll be rewarded for your effort with panorama views across the Wellington region, and it’s easy to take a bus or train back to the city afterwards.