Top 5 Walking Trails
There’s nothing like getting out in the fresh air and stretching your legs. Whether you’re looking for an hour-long blast through the town belt, a half-day hike or a full-day adventure in the wilderness, Wellington’s network of trails has something that’ll perfectly fit your time and fitness levels. Here’s some of Wellington’s favourite walks – much-loved by locals and visitors alike.
1. Te Araroa Paekakariki Escarpment Track
A wonderful day walk, the Te Araroa Paekakariki Escarpment Track has it all: stunning views, steep hill climbs, swing bridges and more. The trail runs from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay, taking in sweeping views of the spectacular Kāpiti Coastline and the region’s famous Kāpiti Island. There’s plenty of steep climbs and the track is narrow, so it’s not recommended for those with vertigo or heart conditions. Pack some snacks, plenty of water, warm clothing layers and sunblock; you’re in for an unforgettable day out.
3. Te Ara o Whareroa
Walk along the wavy dune lands of the Kāpiti Coast, from Raumati South to Paekakariki. Te Ara o Whareroa is an easy 6km trail that traverses the sand dunes of the Kāpiti Coast, just one hour’s drive from Wellington. The trail extends from Queen Elizabeth Park in Paraparaumu all the way through to Tilley Road in Paekakariki. This popular shared route provides stunning ocean views along the way and once you finish, take the train or bus service to return you to your starting point or to get back to the city.
5. Waikanae River Trail
Take a stroll along the banks of the Waikanae River on the Kāpiti Coast. The Waikanae River is one of the distinctive natural features, the river meanders through a diverse landscape – from the ranges, through alluvial plans, coastal dunes and down to the sea. It’s a flat and easy 10km walk or the trail can be broken down into small loop tracks. In the warmer months, pack your swimming togs to take advantage of the opportunity to stop and take a dip in the Waikanae River or a swim in the surf.