A rich and varied walk from one end of Wellington city into the surrounding suburbs and hills and then to the rocky shores of Wellington's south coast. Wonderful views of the Cook Strait and Kaikoura Ranges.
What we're doing
We meet at the Parliament sculptures (behind the Parliament at Bowen St.) a short walk from Wellington Railway Station and Lambton Quay. We'll follow this undulating walkway past old settler cemeteries, to vantage points overlooking the city and harbour, down into historic old quarters of the town, along streams, playing fields and golf courses on the Town Belt,over steep windswept coastal hills and finally down to sleepy, but beautiful Island Bay.
Island Bay (where the walk ends) is well served by buses, the walk terminates near the bus stop at the end of the The Parade in Island Bay. From here we're most likely to grab a well earned cold one from the local pub and then you can either grab a bus from right out side or if you've still got a bit of energy you can walk back to the city which takes about 20-30 minutes.
Difficulty: 6/10 long walk with lots of ups and downs - see FAQ
Time: approx 5 hrs (length 13 km) including breaks and lunch
What To Bring: Sturdy footwear. A wind and waterproof jacket and layers of clothing which you can peel off as you get hot and put on again as you cool. Lunch and high energy snacks and drinking water. Remember that the Wellington weather can quickly change so having wet weather gear on hand is essential.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO RECENT WEATHER AND SEISMIC EVENTS PART OF THIS WALKWAY MAY NOT BE USABLE. WHERE THIS IS THE CASE WE WILL EITHER ATTEMPT TO USE A DETOUR OR CUT THE WALK SHORT.
This event will be postponed if there are adverse weather conditions forecast.