Explore Wellington’s spectacular south coast on a walk to Red Rocks reserve. These were formed from undersea volcanic eruptions into clusters of pillow lava, tinted with iron oxide. One Maori story attributes the colour of these rocks to Kupe, who gashed his hand while gathering paua. From Red Rocks to Sinclair Head, we’ll see (and smell) colonies of sea lions and bachelor fur seals.
It’s about 11k return from Shoreland park rotunda in Island Bay to Red Rocks. The walk begins on paved pathway, but from Owhiro Bay it is on rocky beach. Low tide is at 1 PM, so we should have plenty of beach but it may be slippery and unsteady walking. No elevation gain. If the group is keen and the weather cooperates, we’ll continue on towards Sinclair Head. It is 26k return to go all the way to Sinclair Head so I expect the most we’d do would be 15-18k.
I recommend the Cheeky Pipi or the Bluebelle Cafe, a few blocks back up the Parade, for our après walk refreshment stop.
Bring: the recommended list. Trail shoes or boots recommended – you may want good ankle support. The breeze on the coast can come straight from Antartica, so bring an extra warm layer as well as a good waterproof jacket.
Getting there and away: The #1 bus will get you to Island Bay just after 10. Otherwise there is onstreet parking.
Cancellation: If there is a southerly and/or much rain, I may cancel and if so will send an email by 8:30 AM on the day. Alternatively I may consider a reroute to the less exposed City to Sea track, at or before the start of the walk.