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Get back to nature in Wainuiomata with forest walks, overnight tramping trips, thrilling hilltop quad bike rides, rock climbing and a stunning wild coast. Spend the day adventuring in nature then relax into a rural escape at a nearby bed and breakfast.
Drive to the end of Coast Road and you’ll be rewarded with a stark and rugged environment, which is home to the region's largest New Zealand fur seal colony. The views from Wainuiomata's southern coast over to the South Island are guaranteed to impress. Take them in from sea level or get a better view riding a quad bike or from the saddle of a horse.
Thirsty? Wellington’s water supply comes from the lush, untouched forest above historic dams in the Wainuiomata Recreation Area where signage tells the story. Find more history at the Wainuiomata Historic Museum, which brings days gone by to life in a former school room.
Wainuiomata’s Summer Pool has an 80m open-air waterslide through native bush. Play mini golf here or play the real deal at picturesque Wainuiomata Golf Course.
Leave your fears at the gate and experience the highs of the Challenge Ropes Course. Master 'the centipede' or tackle 'the pamper pole' while having a blast. Take the kids to play at either the Parkway Playground, or Hugh Sinclair Park. It will be a challenge for you to resist the temptation to join in!
Mountain bikers know that the Wainuiomata Trail Project is the place to ride for beginners or downhill thrill seekers. Get muddy and raise your heart rate on the Freewheel, 491, Beeline and Snail Trail tracks.
If you're peckish, Wainuiomata is the place to go! For a coffee and a great summer salad, head to Kotuku Cafe. You can sit on the deck upstairs on a nice day and just watch the world go by surrounded by bush clad hills.
The Wainuiomata Marae is a hub of culture in the valley. Known for the intricately carved Wharenui (meeting house) and warm hospitality, you're sure to receive a warm welcome from the Tangata Whenua (local people) and a lesson in the history of the area.
The Pioneer Church is one of the oldest churches in Wellington. The first service was held here on February 6 1866 and it's the perfect venue for a gathering or just a stroll around the graveyard.