AW Classic: City to Sea Walkway!

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.

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  • Nikki

    Thanks to all 10 who made it to the Sea for making sliding down hills, clambering over fallen trees, getting lost and dodging golf balls so much fun! Lovely day.

    2 · August 31, 2013

    • Karthik

      Thanks Nikki. It was a lot of fun. Loved the walk!

      August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for leading the walk, Nikki! I would never have found the way on my own. It was a very varied and enjoyable walk.

      September 1, 2013

  • Snaiet S

    Weather is freezing and I may have to pull out part way (aching hips last night from too much bachata?) but am keen and ready to go. We are hardy AWers not to be put off by weather or aching body parts. Having said that, I am assuming I can bail part way if necessary?

    August 30, 2013

    • Nikki

      Bailing out is fine! Lots of points along the way where you can get back to town easily - will point them out.

      August 31, 2013

  • Nikki

    Hello again,

    Weather forecast is still looking dry though windy so we are all set for tomorrow. If you are not sure where the parliament sculpures are you can wait for us at the corner of bowen street and the terrace. Any problems please contact me on[masked] 3592. If you have decided not to come please remember to unRSVP by 7pm to avoid a no show!

    Thanks,
    Nikki

    August 30, 2013

  • Nikki

    Hi all, So far the weather forecast is looking good - will be wet in the run up to this walk but dry on the day (Sat). Will still be going ahead if forecast changes and rain is the only obstacle. But so far so good!

    Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

    Nikki

    August 28, 2013

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