Snapshots from runs on Wellington’s Walkways

It’s been a fortnight since school started back for my three daughters and that’s freed up some running time for me!


Red rocks coastal walk, Wellington south coast

I’ve had some beautiful runs on Wellington’s south coast, even a half marathon out to see the winter colony of New Zealand fur seals at Red Rocks, beyond Owhiro Bay, along the Pariwhero Track.


Seal colony on Wellington’s south coast

On less inclement days, when the thought of being out for long in the gusting winds has been less than appealing, I’ve taken to some of the trails on the town belt land, offering some shelter between the trees and bushland from the wind. My dog, Cocoa, is appreciative of a run on the muddy tracks (though I have to give him a thorough wash down on our return!).


Houghton Bay town-belt


Houghton Bay, Wellington

When there’s a strong northerly blowing I find myself quite sheltered by the headland on the south-coast (though there are a few corners that get heavily blasted!).


Houghton Bay, Wellington, on a windy, but sunny, winter’s day.

In a southerly, it’s generally better around Oriental Parade and the tracks on Mount Victoria, which form part of the Southern walkway.


Oriental Bay, Wellington, one winter’s morning.

Monsieur Cocoa isn’t bothered by the wind though, and enjoys the view – whatever the conditions – from the dog exercise area at Dorrie Leslie Park, overlooking Lyall Bay.


Monsieur Cocoa at Dorrie Leslie Park, overlooking Lyall Bay, Wellington.


Overlooking Lyall Bay and the harbour entrance to Wellington.

One of my favourite tracks, that forms part of the Eastern Walkway, starts at Tarakena Bay, beneath the Ataturk Memorial Park, and winds its way towards Breaker Bay and Seatoun. There’s a dog exercise area too (more information here).


Ataturk Park looking down towards Breaker Bay, Wellington

The City to Sea walkway, on the southern end, around Island Bay, offers amazing coastal views – and the hilly tracks are well maintained (though can be slippy after a heavy down pour). I love how a short climb from a suburban road can quickly take me to a place where I feel like I am miles away from any town or city.


Looking across Island Bay from the southern part of the City to Sea Walkway, Wellington.

The views are beautiful in any weather and the scenery is an ever changing canvas, painted by nature’s hand.


Island Bay, City to Sea Walkway, Wellington.


Owhiro Bay, Wellington


A hilly jog with Monsieur Cocoa on Wellington’s southcoast

Useful links

Walks & walkways – Wellington City Council

Dog exercise areas – Wellington City Council

Run Spot Run – Find great spots for fun with your dog