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26 Feb

Day walks and hikes in Wellington byHertz NZ

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The harbour city of Wellington is surrounded by walking tracks, both along the coastline and inland through rolling hills. With your Wellington car hire from Hertz Wellington, you can easily get to and explore these trails at your own pace. Wellington is famously hilly so bear this in mind before you set out! Here are some of the most popular day walks around Wellington.

Mt Victoria Loop

Plan to leave about 2.5 hours to complete this loop walk. It starts in the middle of the city, from Charles Plimmer Park at the top of Majoribanks Street. It then continues along what is the Hataitai to City Walkway before joining the Southern Walkway, climbing to the top of Mount Alfred. Then it’s down to the Newtown to Hataitai Walkway and back to the city. Along the way you’ll pass a mountain biking area where intermediate bikers practise their skills, and Hataitai Velodrome. Views are of the city and the harbour.

City to Sea Walkway

Set aside a day to complete this iconic walk from the city into the suburbs and hills, following the orange arrows and signs. It starts from Bolton St cemetery, passing the Botanic Garden, cemeteries, observatories, cable car, Victoria University and into the Aro Valley. The track becomes more hilly and exposed away from the city, concluding at Island Bay. You should have a good level of fitness to tackle this walk. The sheer variety of this walk is its biggest highlight.

Red Rocks

One of the Wellington region’s best known outdoor spots is at Red Rocks. On the south coast, a 40 minute walk leads from Owhiro Bay to the Red Rocks, an interesting geological area rich in Maori folklore. Formed millions of years ago by marine volcanic eruptions, these rocks are visually distinctive – legend has it they are stained by the blood of grieving women.


Put half a day aside for the full walk – it continues on to Sinclair Head, where a fur seal colony is found. It is full of mainly younger male seals. Along the way you’ll pass some historic lookouts and gun emplacements as well.


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