Wellington

Wellington

Wellington South - OPEN

Northern Start
Junction of Oriental Parade and Carlton Gore Rd
Southern End
Shorland Park, Island Bay
Distance
11km
Time
3-4hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade   Walking track  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track. Multiple road crossings
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide Take care on the south coast during storm conditions
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
Description
(North to South)
From a small picnic area about 100m before Carlton Gore Rd the route climbs uphill on to the slopes of Mt Victoria, following Wellington’s ‘Southern Walkway’ for its full length right down to the south coast. Cover is mainly native bush but with various grassed areas, playing fields and two small pine tree plantations. There are short stretches of suburban roads.
 
From Mt Victoria the route is on a ridge and approximately parallel to Alexandra Rd, crossing the road several times. Early in the walk, keep an eye out for the "Summit Walkway" if you wish to pop up to the top to admire the views. There are numerous city walking tracks and mountain bike trails so keep focussed on the pink Southern Walkway signs. Some of these tracks are shared walking/cycle tracks, and cycle tracks also cross the walking tracks, so be alert.
 
From the Mt Victoria Summit, descend the steps, pass public toilets and onto the grass verge on the right hand side of Alexandra Road. Pick up the Southern Walkway track again (pink signs) and continue on this route. Alternatively, descend Alexandra Road to Constable St, crossing at the traffic lights to Coromandel Street.

At the top end of Coromandel St, follow the paved zig-zag path to another small plantation of pine trees. Soon the trail climbs a few flights of steps and emerges into Truby King Historic Park.  Exit the Park's long driveway and turn hard left onto Manchester St and very soon hard right onto Sutherland Crescent. This road ends at Melrose Park where the route skirts round the north side of the playing field which is also the Wellington Zoo boundary fence (see Hamadryas Baboon if you’re lucky). There is a water tap outside the changing rooms.

At the far side of Melrose Park turn left and climb a steep clay track to the summit of Mt Albert (use marked high route option). Continue along ridge top then veer right past the new concrete reservoir and head downhill to Mt Albert Rd. Turn hard left on to Mt Albert Rd then right into Buckley Rd. After 200m turn left downhill into Sinclair Park. This grassed valley merges into Buckley Rd Reserve.  At the bottom of the grassed paddock turn right and follow Houghton Bay Rd to the coast. Cross the road to the sea. Turn right and walk along the coast (1km) to Island Bay. At Island Bay veer right into Reef St, cross the street and enter Shorland Park at the far end at ‘The Parade’ corner. Walk through Shorland Park to the sea boundary where there is a stone cairn memorial to the end (or beginning) of Te Araroa in the North Island.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

To reach the South Island and continue your walk you will need to return to Wellington to catch a ferry or Wellington Airport if flying. Buses leave every 10 minutes from The Parade beside Shorland Park.

General information
i-SITE Visitor Centre - Civic Square, Cnr Victoria & Wakefield Sts - P: 04 802 4860. Temporarily closed until further notice
Department of Conservation Visitor Centre - 18 Manners St - P: 04 384 7770 - E: wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz

DOC Poneke / Wellington Visitor Centre,  https://isite.nz/find-an-isite/listing/doc-poneke-wellington-visitor-centre

 

 Getting there/away
Interislander ferry to/from Wellington & Picton - multiple departures daily - P: 0800 802 802
Bluebridge - P: 0800 844 844
Air New Zealand - regular flights to and from Wellington - P: 0800 737 000
Jetstar - P: 0800 800 995
InterCity - P: 04 385 0520
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
Rental Cars – multiple options available 
Mana Bus - P: 09 367 9140
Sounds Air (https://www.soundsair.com) - regular flights between Wellington and Picton (Koromiko airport) with shuttle service to/from Picton. Great scenic flight and only 20 mins! NZ only: 0800 505 005
Tel: +64 (0)3 520 3080
info@soundsair.com
 
Accommodation
Full range of hostel, motel and other accommodation providers including:
YHA Wellington - 292 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington P: 04 801 7280 E: wellington@yha.co.nz    
Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers - 1 Bunny St, Wellington - P: 0800 225 725 - W: www.hotelwaterloo.co.nz 
Base Wellington - 23 Cambridge Tce, Wellington - P: 0800 2273 69 or 04 801 5666 - E: wellington@stayatbase.com - W: www.stayatbase.com/hostels/new-zealand-hostels/base-wellington
BBH Lodge in the City - 152 Taranaki St, Wellington - P: 04 385 8560 - E: enquiries@lodgeinthecity.co.nz - W: www.lodgeinthecity.co.nz
Nomads Capital Backpackers - 118-120 Wakefield St - P: 0508 666 237 - W: www.nomadsworld.com
Wild Zebra Backpackers - 58 Tory St, Wellington - P: 0508 00 5858 - E: reception@wildzebrabackpackers.co.nz - W: www.wildzebrabackpackers.co.nz                                                                                                                
                                                                               
Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided along route
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Wellington CBD
  • Toilets Oriental Bay
  • Shop
  • Accommodation As above
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Toilets Mt Victoria & Shorland Park, Island Bay
  • Shop adjacent to route
  • Water - Mt Victoria lookout and Melrose Park
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities in Island Bay and back in Wellington CBD
  • Roadside parking only Suburban
  • Picnic area Shorland Park or beach
  • Toilets Shorland Park
  • Shop Dairy South end of The Parade 200m from end track
  • Accommodation As above
Closest Town(s)
Wellington City (160,000)
Managed by
WCC Parks and Reserves Dept
Contact
WCC 04 499-4444
Northern Start
Junction of Oriental Parade and Carlton Gore Rd
Southern End
Shorland Park, Island Bay
Distance
11km
Time
3-4hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade   Walking track  
Description
(North to South)
From a small picnic area about 100m before Carlton Gore Rd the route climbs uphill on to the slopes of Mt Victoria, following Wellington’s ‘Southern Walkway’ for its full length right down to the south coast. Cover is mainly native bush but with various grassed areas, playing fields and two small pine tree plantations. There are short stretches of suburban roads.
 
From Mt Victoria the route is on a ridge and approximately parallel to Alexandra Rd, crossing the road several times. Early in the walk, keep an eye out for the "Summit Walkway" if you wish to pop up to the top to admire the views. There are numerous city walking tracks and mountain bike trails so keep focussed on the pink Southern Walkway signs. Some of these tracks are shared walking/cycle tracks, and cycle tracks also cross the walking tracks, so be alert.
 
From the Mt Victoria Summit, descend the steps, pass public toilets and onto the grass verge on the right hand side of Alexandra Road. Pick up the Southern Walkway track again (pink signs) and continue on this route. Alternatively, descend Alexandra Road to Constable St, crossing at the traffic lights to Coromandel Street.

At the top end of Coromandel St, follow the paved zig-zag path to another small plantation of pine trees. Soon the trail climbs a few flights of steps and emerges into Truby King Historic Park.  Exit the Park's long driveway and turn hard left onto Manchester St and very soon hard right onto Sutherland Crescent. This road ends at Melrose Park where the route skirts round the north side of the playing field which is also the Wellington Zoo boundary fence (see Hamadryas Baboon if you’re lucky). There is a water tap outside the changing rooms.

At the far side of Melrose Park turn left and climb a steep clay track to the summit of Mt Albert (use marked high route option). Continue along ridge top then veer right past the new concrete reservoir and head downhill to Mt Albert Rd. Turn hard left on to Mt Albert Rd then right into Buckley Rd. After 200m turn left downhill into Sinclair Park. This grassed valley merges into Buckley Rd Reserve.  At the bottom of the grassed paddock turn right and follow Houghton Bay Rd to the coast. Cross the road to the sea. Turn right and walk along the coast (1km) to Island Bay. At Island Bay veer right into Reef St, cross the street and enter Shorland Park at the far end at ‘The Parade’ corner. Walk through Shorland Park to the sea boundary where there is a stone cairn memorial to the end (or beginning) of Te Araroa in the North Island.

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track. Multiple road crossings
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide Take care on the south coast during storm conditions
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
Description
(North to South)
From a small picnic area about 100m before Carlton Gore Rd the route climbs uphill on to the slopes of Mt Victoria, following Wellington’s ‘Southern Walkway’ for its full length right down to the south coast. Cover is mainly native bush but with various grassed areas, playing fields and two small pine tree plantations. There are short stretches of suburban roads.
 
From Mt Victoria the route is on a ridge and approximately parallel to Alexandra Rd, crossing the road several times. Early in the walk, keep an eye out for the "Summit Walkway" if you wish to pop up to the top to admire the views. There are numerous city walking tracks and mountain bike trails so keep focussed on the pink Southern Walkway signs. Some of these tracks are shared walking/cycle tracks, and cycle tracks also cross the walking tracks, so be alert.
 
From the Mt Victoria Summit, descend the steps, pass public toilets and onto the grass verge on the right hand side of Alexandra Road. Pick up the Southern Walkway track again (pink signs) and continue on this route. Alternatively, descend Alexandra Road to Constable St, crossing at the traffic lights to Coromandel Street.

At the top end of Coromandel St, follow the paved zig-zag path to another small plantation of pine trees. Soon the trail climbs a few flights of steps and emerges into Truby King Historic Park.  Exit the Park's long driveway and turn hard left onto Manchester St and very soon hard right onto Sutherland Crescent. This road ends at Melrose Park where the route skirts round the north side of the playing field which is also the Wellington Zoo boundary fence (see Hamadryas Baboon if you’re lucky). There is a water tap outside the changing rooms.

At the far side of Melrose Park turn left and climb a steep clay track to the summit of Mt Albert (use marked high route option). Continue along ridge top then veer right past the new concrete reservoir and head downhill to Mt Albert Rd. Turn hard left on to Mt Albert Rd then right into Buckley Rd. After 200m turn left downhill into Sinclair Park. This grassed valley merges into Buckley Rd Reserve.  At the bottom of the grassed paddock turn right and follow Houghton Bay Rd to the coast. Cross the road to the sea. Turn right and walk along the coast (1km) to Island Bay. At Island Bay veer right into Reef St, cross the street and enter Shorland Park at the far end at ‘The Parade’ corner. Walk through Shorland Park to the sea boundary where there is a stone cairn memorial to the end (or beginning) of Te Araroa in the North Island.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

To reach the South Island and continue your walk you will need to return to Wellington to catch a ferry or Wellington Airport if flying. Buses leave every 10 minutes from The Parade beside Shorland Park.

General information
i-SITE Visitor Centre - Civic Square, Cnr Victoria & Wakefield Sts - P: 04 802 4860. Temporarily closed until further notice
Department of Conservation Visitor Centre - 18 Manners St - P: 04 384 7770 - E: wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz

DOC Poneke / Wellington Visitor Centre,  https://isite.nz/find-an-isite/listing/doc-poneke-wellington-visitor-centre

 

 Getting there/away
Interislander ferry to/from Wellington & Picton - multiple departures daily - P: 0800 802 802
Bluebridge - P: 0800 844 844
Air New Zealand - regular flights to and from Wellington - P: 0800 737 000
Jetstar - P: 0800 800 995
InterCity - P: 04 385 0520
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
Rental Cars – multiple options available 
Mana Bus - P: 09 367 9140
Sounds Air (https://www.soundsair.com) - regular flights between Wellington and Picton (Koromiko airport) with shuttle service to/from Picton. Great scenic flight and only 20 mins! NZ only: 0800 505 005
Tel: +64 (0)3 520 3080
info@soundsair.com
 
Accommodation
Full range of hostel, motel and other accommodation providers including:
YHA Wellington - 292 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington P: 04 801 7280 E: wellington@yha.co.nz    
Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers - 1 Bunny St, Wellington - P: 0800 225 725 - W: www.hotelwaterloo.co.nz 
Base Wellington - 23 Cambridge Tce, Wellington - P: 0800 2273 69 or 04 801 5666 - E: wellington@stayatbase.com - W: www.stayatbase.com/hostels/new-zealand-hostels/base-wellington
BBH Lodge in the City - 152 Taranaki St, Wellington - P: 04 385 8560 - E: enquiries@lodgeinthecity.co.nz - W: www.lodgeinthecity.co.nz
Nomads Capital Backpackers - 118-120 Wakefield St - P: 0508 666 237 - W: www.nomadsworld.com
Wild Zebra Backpackers - 58 Tory St, Wellington - P: 0508 00 5858 - E: reception@wildzebrabackpackers.co.nz - W: www.wildzebrabackpackers.co.nz                                                                                                                
                                                                               
Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided along route
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Wellington CBD
  • Toilets Oriental Bay
  • Shop
  • Accommodation As above
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Toilets Mt Victoria & Shorland Park, Island Bay
  • Shop adjacent to route
  • Water - Mt Victoria lookout and Melrose Park
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities in Island Bay and back in Wellington CBD
  • Roadside parking only Suburban
  • Picnic area Shorland Park or beach
  • Toilets Shorland Park
  • Shop Dairy South end of The Parade 200m from end track
  • Accommodation As above
Closest Town(s)
Wellington City (160,000)
Managed by
WCC Parks and Reserves Dept
Contact
WCC 04 499-4444