This is such a spectacular walk. It goes through some parts of the city where you would never go and brings you down with a spectacular view of the ocean on the other side. Its fun, challenging and very rewarding.
We will meet at 7:30am on Sunday June the 30 at the entrance of Bolton Street Memorial Park. We will wait 10 minute for women that might be running late and at 7:40 we will start our journey.
Because this walk is a bit long and during the second half their aren’t many exit points, I will let you know some points where you can exit while still being in the city, if you don’t feel like walking the full distance.
It took us 3 hours and 40 minutes to finish. Here is the link where you can see what my GPS watch recorded when we did this walk. Map, distance, time, and more interesting facts.
1. The first point we found could be a good exit is Cable Car on top of Botanical Garden. It took us 30 minutes to get there.
2. The second exit point could be Aro St Park, one hour after we started. Nice one hour walk.
3. Third and last exit point could be the Cook Island Recreation Centre which is the last place you could exit, whilst still being in the city, before we head up some hills to start our descent down to the ocean.
Getting there: Because this walk is NOT a loop. We will not finish at the same point where we started. Here are some suggestions:
a. Meet up with a friend at Shorland Park in Island Bay and drive back in one car to Bolton Street to be there at 7:30am. Then when you finish the walk, you can drive to get your car in your friend’s car. Does this make sense?
b. Convince (nicely and lovingly) a family member to go pick you up at Shorland Park when you finish and have them take you to pick up your car.
c. Put up a message on Facebook for a ride from one of our fellow awesome walkers and carpool there.
d. Book a cab at Shorland Park so it’s there when you finish.
Some general suggestions:
I highly recommend you print out the Wellington City Council map for City to Sea. We followed those instructions the whole way and made it smoothly to the other side.
I also recommend always walk with somebody, never alone.
If you are not sure where to go at an intersection wait for the next group of women to walk down and ask or help.
Bring enough water and some tasty snacks. It’s a long walk and there are some good uphill that will have you huffing and puffing.
Dogs are more than welcomed We brought MAx along and he did awesome the entire way.
Get layered up, with the right gear, we are going rain or shine.
Take care of each other, if you see a women struggling with an uphill wait and cheer her on, this really helps
If there is light rain, we will still go so go look for some awesome, cheap ponchos at Kathmandu
When we finish the walk, some of us will be having a well deserved lunch at The Batch Cafe, and would love for everybody to join in
http://www.wellington.govt.nz/services/walkways/pdfs/citytosea.pdf - Wellington City Council map, and some useful info about the walk.
http://tracks.org.nz/track/show/569 - Great Info on the walk, another map and some photos.
www.nataliaalbert.com - The story of how this project started and what the goal is.
https://www.facebook.com/WellingtonWomenWalkingProject – Our Facebook Page where you can find all the info.
I can’t wait!!