Top 5 Walking Trails

Wellington’s network of trails has something that’ll perfectly fit your time and fitness levels. Here’s some of Wellington’s favourite walks.

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.

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Te Araroa Paekakariki Escapment Walk_girls walking down steps
Couple riding mountain bikings along the Hutt River
Remutaka Cycle Trail_two people mountain biking restored bridge
Remutaka Cycle Trail and Hutt River Trail_ people mountain biking

2. Remutaka Cycle Trail and Hutt River Trail

Don’t let the name fool you – the Remutaka Cycle Trail is for walkers, too! With walks ranging from short to intermediate tramping tracks, this 110km trail can be completed in stages or over several consecutive days, or you can choose to travel in the opposite direction. As you walk, soak up the rich cultural heritage of the region, take in stunning scenery of native forests, rivers and some of the country’s most stunning wild coast scenes.

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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.

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Couple walking on the wavy dune lands of Queen Elizabeth Regional Park
Greytown to Woodside trail

4. Greytown to Woodside Trail

Take a walk along the original railway line between Greytown and Woodside. The Greytown to Woodside Trail is a family-friendly pathway that connects the quaint Wairarapa township of Greytown to the historic Woodside Railway Station. The wide limestone pathway weaves its way through an avenue of mature oak trees and is surrounded by views of the Tararua Ranges and Gladstone Hills. The trail is suitable for walking, biking, prams and wheelchairs.

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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.

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Flat and easy Waikanae River Trail
Waikanae River Trail
People sitting on the river bank of Waikanae River

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