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Walking, running and hiking

Walking, running and hiking

Updated 30 October 2019 4:02pm

Hiking the Ridge Track, Kaitoke Regional Park

A walk in one of the regional parks and forests is a great way to explore the diverse landscapes of Greater Wellington.

The regional parks and forests are also popular for flat and hill running, and for more arduous tramps or hikes.

Check out the menu to your right to find all the best walking and hiking spots in the region.

What to take

Many of the walks go through areas exposed to winds and changeable weather. Wear strong walking shoes or boots. Takesome food, water and a sun hat. Always take some warm clothing and a rain jacket.

See Metservice for the latest weather forecast and always let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.


Individual regional park and forest maps are available to download from the sections below.

Also now available are detailed walking maps for the western side of the Wellington region and the Tararua mountain range.

Tramping clubs

Join a tramping club and enjoy more advanced off track adventures in the back country of the Wellington region

Try out public transport

Save the environment and beat the traffic. Entrances to Belmont Regional Park, Cannon Point Walkway, East Harbour Regional Park, the Hutt River Trail, Kaitoke Regional Park (Te Marua) and Tunnel Gully Recreation Area are close to train and/or bus routes. See Metlink's journey planner for details.