Locals always know the best spots so we have teamed up with our mates from Wellington Wander's to get their top 3 hikes around Wellington. Wellington is rad but you just can’t beat getting back into nature. Here are their picks written by Emma.
1. Putangirua Pinnacles
The other-worldly Putangirua Pinnacles were, not surprisingly, a filming location for the Lord of the Rings. The 3 hour loop track takes you up along the ridgeline for views across the top and then down into the midst of the pinnacles themselves. The hour and a half drive from the city is well worth it, and while you’re out there it’s not much further if you want to check out the Cape Palliser lighthouse and seal colony as well. The full write up can be found here .
Length: 2 - 4 hours
2. Waiohine Gorge
A 124m long suspension bridge over the deep Waiohine Gorge is not for the faint of heart, but crossing it opens up a world (or at least a forest) of possibilities. The bridge is one of many access points into the Tararua Forest Park, which has a staggering number of tracks and huts. For a shorter day walk, you can follow the track that runs alongside the gorge, taking you past waterfalls, across bridges, and down to pools and rapids. More info here.
Length: 2 hours (plenty of additional tracks if you'd like to go for longer)
3. Patuna Chasm
While this walk comes with a fee, it is worth every penny. After a pleasant walk through farmland dotted with limestone cliffs, an 8m descent down a ladder and into the chasm takes you to another world. Walking along the river bed you are treated to waterfalls, caves, lush mossy walls, plenty of fossils, and the occasional eel. More information can be found here.
Length: 3 hours (although only 1 hour of true hiking)
The weather is looking real good this weekend so pack a lunch, fill your water bottle and we will see you out there.