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Akatarawa Forest Park    Battle Hill    Belmont Regional Park    Brooklyn    Brooklyn South, Red Rocks and Te Kopahou Reserve    Colonial Knob and Porirua Scenic Reserve    Eastborne and Wainuiomata including East Harbour and Pencarrow    Johnsonville, Khandallah and Mount Kaukau    Kaikoura Mount Fyffe    Kapiti Coast, Paraparaumu and Waikanae    Karori    Lower Hutt and Petone    Miramar and Seatoun    New Lands    New Town and Berhampore    Ngaio, Wilton, Tressilick Park and Tinakori Hill    Papakowhai and Cannons Creek    Plimmerton, Pukerua Bay and Camborne    Porirua, Eastern Suburbs and Cannons Creek    Stokes Valley    Tawa, Linden and Grenada North    Upper Hutt    Upper Hutt North    Wellington Central    Wellington South    Whitby Tracks    



Akatarawa Forest Park

Akatarawa Forest Park

Highlights

Stunning views of Kapiti and beyond along with pure escape into Hydro Valley

Access

Battle Hill Puketiro Road, Raumati Maungakotukutuku Road, Akatarawa Road Karapoti Road, Upper Hutt Canons Point Walkway and Judgeford Bullls Run Road

Description

The akatarawa forest park stretches in the triangle between Waikanae, Upper Hutt and Pauatanhanui. Its my favourite biking playground with awesome views, some challenging terrain and relatively easy access along 4wd tracks. Walking in Akatarawa Forest Park is also doable but this is real backcountry so should not be taken lightly. ... (more)



Battle Hill

Battle Hill

Highlights

In addition to the stunning views this is a great opportunity to teach city folk about faming and the country

Access

Well signposted entry off Paekakariki Road or through Akatarawa Forest Park

Description

Battle Hill is a historic area with a number of walks and bike rides mainly targetted at families. It is an access into the Akatarawa Forest Park however it is mostly farm land or pine forest with a little native bush. Most of the walks are short and don't require too much fitness however the views are good and the history sites make it fairly unique. ... (more)



Belmont Regional Park

Belmont Trig

Highlights

Great 360 degress views of Wellington with excellent access and LOTS of tracks

Access

Main access points are Dry Creek Bed off the Haywards, Cornish Street in Petone, Maungaraki Road, Horokiwi Road, Grenada North, Takapu Road, Warspite Ave, Murphy's Road, Normandale Road and Stratton Street

Description

This is one of the largest parks in Wellington and, in terms of actual walking area, is one of the largest. It borders the Hutt Valley, Western suburbs and the Haywards Hill Road in the north. Most of the park is farmland with associated issues for access when calving and lambing early to late spring). Unfortunately for cyclists its a mixed bag. ... (more)



Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Highlights

What the area lacks in forest it makes up for in variety with most outdoor enthusiasts covered

Description

The Brooklyn area is blessed with a number of really good, long ridge walks with the added benefit of good views into the main city and coastline. Most activity centres around the Windmill however other opportunities do exist for the less adventurous. ... (more)



Brooklyn South, Red Rocks and Te Kopahou Reserve

Te Kopahou Reserve

Highlights

Highlights of this area would have to be the views out over Wellington and the South Island along with the Seal Colony at Red Rocks

Description

This area is a mecca for mountain bikers with well formed, long 4wd roads and some tricky side tracks. Be prepared as this area is very exposed to the prevailing weather and particularly southerlies. ... (more)



Colonial Knob and Porirua Scenic Reserve

Colonial Knob

Highlights

The views from Colonial Knob itself both over the suburbs and out towards the coast on the other side are nothing short of spectacular.

Access

The main carpark is off Broken Hill road just before you start up the hill towards the tip. Also the Elsen Camp carpark in Raha Street, Waiho Terrace and Rangituhi Crescent.

Description

This was formally my stumping ground when I lived in Tawa. The really good thing about Colonial Knob is the number of loop tracks so you don't have to be creative with transport. The park is a mixture of forest and farmland near Tawa and Porirua. Usage is high so probably not the place to go if you want some alone time. ... (more)



Eastborne and Wainuiomata including East Harbour and Pencarrow

East Harbour

Highlights

You can't get better views of the harbour and Wellington on a good day.

Description

If you don't mind hills then this is the area for you. Everything from wide, firebreaks through to routes as opposed to tracks that require some naviagation skills. As long as you don't mind putting in some effort this area delivers in spades. A little disappointing for mountain bikers but Pencarrow gives some relieve. ... (more)



Johnsonville, Khandallah and Mount Kaukau

Mount Kaukau

Highlights

The tracks are generally excellent with either gravel of grass track but things can get muddy after heavy rain. Unlike most parks the track includes few steps which is a godsend for cyclists and those with bad knees. In terms of cycling I really enjoy t

Description

This area is blessed with lots of views some even out of the harbour. Johnsonville is also the gateway into Mount Kaukau. ... (more)



Kaikoura Mount Fyffe

Kaikouras

Highlights

This walk leads you to one of the great coastal vistas in New Zealand.

Access

The car park is 15 km from town via Ludstone, Swamp and Postmans Roads.

Description

This is a simply amazing track that takes you away from the tourist hustle and bustle of whale watching Kaikoura to give you an appreciation of the unique Kaikoura coast. This track is something everyone who visits Kaikoura should do at least once. The only lowpoint I can think of is that its not a loop. ... (more)



Kapiti Coast, Paraparaumu and Waikanae

Mataihuka Walkway

Highlights

Some of the best sea views in the Wellington region are yours for the taking. No place gives better sunset photos then the coast with the most.

Description

This area is renowned by Wellingtowners as an escape from the hustle and bustle less than an hours drive north. Its also a great base for getting outdoors without the crowds further south. Of special note are the amazing sunset and sunrises, definitely worth staying a weekend or two for. ... (more)



Karori

Karori

Highlights

Two of my personal favourites are Johnson Hill for the views and Makara Peak for the wow factor.

Description

Karori is surrounded by oportunities to get out-and-about, particularly if you're into mountain biking but walkers are well catered for as well. The tracks literally surround the valley and a number of them link with even longer tracks like Skyline and Hawkins Hill. Whatever your fancy Karori delivers in spades. ... (more)



Lower Hutt and Petone

Hutt River

Highlights

You really can't go past the Hutt river on a nice summers day

Description

Lower Hutt has a good variety of tracks from wanders along the River trails through steep, long climbs up the firebreaks on the Eastern Hutt hills. Aside from the river trail tracks aren't as well maintained nor do they link together like other places in Wellington but Lower Hutt still has its charms. ... (more)



Miramar and Seatoun

Mapuia Walkway

Highlights

The memorials Araturk, a monument to World War 1 given as a gift from Turkey and the Massey memorial dedicated to Prime Minister William Ferguson Massey

Description

This area is best known for its tracks that cling to the steep sides of the hills and the 360 degree views. It's also home to two of Wellington's more out of the way monuments and a number of well placed gun placements. ... (more)



New Lands

Mount Kaukau

Highlights

Seton Nossiter Park is a highlight along with Gilberd Bush Reserve

Description

This suburb has a surprising number of decent bushwalks and tracks which can also be combined to provide many loops.

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New Town and Berhampore

Island Bay

Highlights

Never far from civilisation and yet remote this areas highlight has to be cafe tramping at its finest.

Description

This area is well served with tracks on both sides of the valley and the coast. The views back into the city and around the Southern Coast are both spectactular and surprising. ... (more)



Ngaio, Wilton, Tressilick Park and Tinakori Hill

Piwakawaka

Highlights

This area features the middle section of the Skyline track and the wonderland that is Wilton Bush.

Description

For such a populated area, Ngaio offers a surprising range of outdoor options for families, walkers and bikers.
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Papakowhai and Cannons Creek

Papakowhai walkway

Highlights

For the adventurous soul you can access Belmont Regional Park from Cannons Creek or take a more leisurely stroll down the Bothamley Pathway

Description

The area to the East of Porirua is an interesting mix of tracks from back-breaking short climbs to long gentle wanders and lots in between. ... (more)



Plimmerton, Pukerua Bay and Camborne

Paremata to Pukerua Bay

Highlights

Views of Kapiti and Mana Islands along with the flax in Taupo swamp

Access

Access is from either Plimmerton Train Station, Puakerua Bay Train Station or anywhere in between if you've got your own transport

Description

This area includes one of the few really big loop tracks in Wellington although thankfully it is relatively flat and easy despite the length. What if lacks in scenery it makes up for in gentle gradients and surprising wildlife, particularly on the coastal sections. From the long coastal walk to the inland flax swamp running alongside SH1 this is one that most people can do with a little effort and about 3.5 to 4.5 hours to spare. ... (more)



Porirua, Eastern Suburbs and Cannons Creek

Clifftop Walk

Highlights

Highlights would have to be the Clifftop walk and Porirua Scenic Reserve

Description

Porirua has a number of excellent walks and bike rides within easy reach of the central city. This is one city that should be very proud of their walkways. Unfortunately these tracks need to be used more often; either use them or lose them. ... (more)



Stokes Valley

Stokes Valley

Highlights

Of all the tracks the ECNZ road has to be the highlight, particularly for those with bikes.

Description

Stokes Valley is surprisingly blessed with a number of excellent tracks on both sides of the valley. The high ridge over which the ECNZ runs forms the mainstay but the opposite side of the valley includes a number of interesting tracks leading into the Hutt Valley. ... (more)



Tawa, Linden and Grenada North

Charles Duncan Reserve

Highlights

The Tawa area has lots of interesting walkways including links to Colonial Knob and a number of short walks in fairly original bush. Grenada North provides access into Belmont Regional Park.

Description

Tawa has everything the walker needs from short five minute bushwalks through to epic journeys into Belmont Regional Park. It also has excellent mountain biking including some challenging rides Granada North. The bush in Tawa is lush with good populations of Tui's, Wood Pigeons and Fantails despite being a residential area. ... (more)



Upper Hutt

Kaitoki

Highlights

The river is the centre piece of outdoor life in Upper Hutt but the hills are where the action is. Mount Climie is one of the few places you can get into snow in winter without going into the Tararuas.

Description

Upper Hutt has so much to offer anyone who wants to get outdoorz. You can go fishing and swimming in the river, get extreme at Maidstone park or, with a little more effort, sample the fantastic views from the tops of the surrounding hills. ... (more)



Upper Hutt North

Tunne Gully Recreational Area

Highlights

Tunnel gully really does have it all from slothing around at a picnic through children friencly tracks and up to the 700meter climb up the well named Mount Climie

Access

Access is either from Plateau Road or, for the more adventurous the track that starts at the junction of Maymorn Road and Parkes Line Road

Description

Tunnel gully is one of the prime outdoor locations in Upper Hutt. While it caters to all levels of fitness and ability its especially suited to families particular with one of the great BBQ areas in Wellington and the tunnel which kids absolutely go gaga over. Mount Climie provides the highest vantage point in the Wellington region and provides views both of the Hutt valley and out over the Waiarapa plains and lake Waiarapa. ... (more)



Wellington Central

Cable Car

Highlights

The standouts would have to be Mt Vic, the first destination for anyone wanting a birds-eye view of the city and the Botanical Gardens.

Description

For a built up urban area Wellington central doesn't lack places to hang out with nature and get some air in the lungs. When they were planning the city room was left for the "green belt" and the area is well utilized by everyone in the city. ... (more)



Wellington South

Mt Albert Park

Highlights

The zoo provides some unusual wildlife opportunities and Mt Albert has some of the best views in the area.

Description

Wellington South provies the unusual opportunity to bushwalk between cafes. The green belt provides great views out to the South Island and many an hour is wiled away watching the planes arrive and depart from the airport. ... (more)



Whitby Tracks

Whitby Walkway

Highlights

Whitby has one of the few lakes in the Wellington region and a well thought out track network

Access

The tracks can be used to link most areas in Whitby

Description

Our house is in Whitby and so I admit to some bias. I love the variety of tracks and the way they link to form convenient loops. I can often be found in Whitby pushing Luka around the lake or taking in the views of the inlet. ... (more)



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