Top 5 trails for runners
Whether it’s an early morning run to set you up for the day, a post-work run to clear your mind or a weekend run with your mates, Wellington’s got some epic trails for runners. Put on your running shoes, download a good podcast and get out on a run on one of Wellington’s top five trails.
3. Rangituhi / Colonial Knob
Te Ara a Rangituhi is a huge reserve in Porirua 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. If you're feeling keen, the trail connects with the Colonial Knob Walkway to form an 8km circuit.
5. Hutt River Trail
Follow the picturesque Hutt River all the way from the edge of Wellington Harbour at Petone to Upper Hutt, on this easy and well-maintained trail (the first section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail). You’ll run through lush parks and golf courses, pass by historic sites and even a couple of The Lord of the Rings filming locations. The Hutt River Trail is 29km in length and can be done all in one go or broken up into shorter loops; a train service runs the length of the trail for easy transport to and from the trail.