Wide tracks you can easily keep your distance on
Stretch your legs while keeping your bubble safe on these walks
This path was originally an important route for the first settlers of the region to gain access to the neighbouring region of Wairarapa and is full of history. Discover lighthouses, shipwrecks and the beautiful Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera Lakes.
Follow an easy gravel road out to the 1906 lighthouses on the shoreline and venture up to New Zealand's first light house was erected on 1 January 1859 - home to New Zealand's only woman light house keeper. Carry on past the lighthouses to wetlands and ride or walk the lake loops.
Hutt Riverbank Car Park, Rutherford Street, Lower Hutt
Get your nature fix with a scenic walk or cycle on the Hutt River Trail. Hugging the eastern riverbank, the gentle and mostly flat 29 kilometre path will take you from Petone to Upper Hutt, but you can start anywhere along the way. The journey will take you past two Lord of the Rings locations (Isengard and The Great River Anduin), swimming holes, playgrounds and golf courses. The trail runs as far as the Kaitoke Regional Park and links into the Remutaka Rail Trail.
Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve
Ocean Beach Road, Wainuiomata Coast, Lower Hutt
Popular for surfcasting, diving and surfing, it's a 45 minute walk to Turakirae Head and the fur seal colony. The colony began in 1950 and has steadily increased since then to become the largest haul out on the south Wellington coast. Fur seals are present in highest numbers during winter where you can see up to 500 of them. Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve also provides habitat for a variety of native birds and reptiles. The public road ends 3km before Turakirae Head. Park at the carpark 300m before the end of the public road. From the carpark, walk along the road and over the Orongorongo River Bridge.
With wonderful views over the Cook Strait, Baring Head/Ōrua-pouanui is a rugged coastline offering walks to the Baring Head Lighthouse, headlands and coastline towards Pencarrow Lighthouse and Parangarahu Lakes.
From the Wainuiomata Coast Road entrance, you'll be able to follow the Wainuiomata River to the coast, with a walk to the lighthouse taking just over an hour. Following the main escarpment, you'll pass giant boulders, popular with rock climbers, the historic pump shed used to take water to the lighthouse cottages and World War II bunkers.
ECNZ Pylon Road
Exploring the top of Lower Hutt's Eastern Hills is made easy with the old ECNZ Pylon Road that sits stop the ridgelines all the way from the top of Wainuiomata Hill Road to Stokes Valley. Be ready for long gentle rises as this four-wheel-drive trail winds its way up and down, but mainly across. You'll connect up with Waiu Park, Radio transmission towers and the top of the Te Whiti Riser walk. It's also a shared trail with mountain-bikers who are taking it easy between more technical trails all around.
Wellington Regional Trails
Waiting to be explored on Wellington’s doorstep lie hundreds of mountain bike and walking tracks. Take a step into nature and be rewarded with epic views and wild landscapes.