Wellington is home to six well defined walkways offering some of the best walking in the capital. They’re all excellent but this is how I would rank them…
1. City to Sea Walkway
The longest and most varied walkway, with plenty of history and points of interest along with stunning views from the hills of Tawatawa Reserve.
2. Skyline Walkway
The most epic and hardest walkway, which follows undulating exposed ridges from Makara Peak in Karori to Mt Kaukau in Khandallah with spectacular views the entire way.
3. Eastern Walkway
The shortest and possibly most enjoyable walkway, hugging the coast around the mouth of Wellington harbour offering great views of the ferries coming and going, along with the distinctive Ataturk Memorial.
4. Makara Walkway
The most remote walkway, on Wellington’s wild west coast, with views of the South Island in the distance, and many wind turbines closer by.
5. Southern Walkway
Probably the most popular walkway as it includes the summit of Mount Victoria, and has impressively little street walking given that it connects Wellington Harbour with the South Coast, thanks to Wellington’s fabulous town belt.
6. Northern Walkway
The walkway with by far the most street walking, but it does include great views from Tinakori Hill and Mt Kaukau summit, and passes through the bush of Trelissick Park.