Short walks in and around Wellington City
Wellington city has a number of walking tracks that explore the Town Belt Forest, the harbour and city suburbs.
Home to over 26 hectares of unique landscape, exotic forests, native bush, colourful floral displays and magnificent views. Within the gardens you can explore the Sculpture Trail, there are seven major works by some of New Zealand's foremost sculptors set in the open grounds of the gardens. The Botanic Gardens are open daily from sunrise to sunset and entry is free.
Mount Victoria Loop
Distance 4.7km, Time 2.5 hours
This loop includes sections of the Hataitai to City Walkway and the Southern Walkway and will take you to the Mount Victoria lookout for fantastic views of the city.
Matiu/Somes Island Loop Track
Time 40 minutes of walking, not including ferry ride to island.
This track takes you around Matiu/Somes Island, offering spectacular views across Wellington Harbour to Wellington and Hutt cities. Pause along the way to check out the island’s historic and ecological attractions, including introduced wildlife which are thriving amongst the native vegetation. There are three daily ferries to and from Matiu/Somes Island with East by West Ferry.
Distance 11km; Time 4-5 hours to complete the entire walk – but shorter sections can be walked.
The Southern Walkway follows the Town Belt forest between Oriental Bay and Island Bay. The greatest attraction of this walkway is the variety of scenery, from views of the harbour and central city at Oriental Bay, the shade and tranquility of the Town Belt forest to the rugged and exposed Southern coastline between Houghton and Island Bays. Shorter sections of this can be walked depending on time available and your interests.
City to Sea Walkway
Distance 12km; Time 6-7 hours to complete the entire walk – but shorter sections can be walked.
You can choose to walk shorter sections of this walkway depending on time and interests and in either direction. Starting in the heart of the city near Parliament and finishing at Island Bay on the south Coast, this walkway passes through the Botanic Gardens, Victoria University, historic Aro Valley and many parks and reserves. You will get spectacular views of central Wellington, Mount Victoria, Mount Kaukau and the Cook Strait.