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Fantastic afternoon walk. If the weather is good the views are amazing looking down Lyttelton harbour. The track ends at Packhorse hut, you can use the hut and even stay the night if you plan to carry on walking.

18 days ago

Absolutely great views if the weather is right (but absolutely miserable if it's abnormally windy, so definitely check the forecast before going). This trail climbs above and beside Highway 1, but noise was never a huge issue for us.

Pro tip: if you want to climb up less stairs, the north to south route is the way to go. There are a lot of stairs at the beginning of the south to north route that can make the walk initially difficult, whereas the north to south route starts you off at a steady climb.

trail running
25 days ago

On a good day you can't beat the views. very steep in places and lots of stairs.

Zion Hill Track section closed due to Kauri dieback.
Beach access still available.

awesome track

One of the best walks I’ve been on in Wellington! With an amazing view

Loved every minutes- beautiful views along the way. Highly suggest going early in the morning before it gets too busy. The lava caves are a must see!

Great walk cool memories too look back on

2 months ago

Wouldn’t do it after a rainfall, it’s quite dangerous as it is!
It is closed but you can access it.

Nice views, lots of stairs. There’s a bit of road noise from the track as it runs along hwy 1. Took 2 hours and 45 min to complete. Main negative is having to walk an extra km from the train station in Paekakariki to the start of the track.

amazing views

3 months ago

Beautiful views from the top lookout, great to explore the lava caves. We had the segment along the coast to ourselves with great birding opportunities - kingfisher!

Did this great hike on 1/25/18 with a group of dancemates. This hike includes a ferry ride, yay. Lovely to see the top of Rangitoto, views of Auckland, the kidney ferns, lava caves, the black back gull colony, the Baches, and mangroves. Overall a great day trip.

Excellent trail!

Really fun trek around Black lava flows. Easy to get off by yourself even so close to city.

Awesome hike up the hill. The rocks make sure you’re paying attention. Solid views.

Recommend starting counterclockwise as the footing is better for the down hill portion. Hiking poles a good idea also.

Beautiful island. Grab the 0930 boat over and get the full day. The coast trail is well defined but a little rocky. You jump onto the Summit Road which is a drive able road. Just before the summit I went off course and checked out the Lava caves and then grabbed the summit hike to get to the top. Grabbed the tail behind back and around back down the front instead of the road back down. I was a little worried about time as the last boat is at 1530. DONT MISS THE BOAT!! Coming down the road I would uave gotten to see the light house and I think I would have had time. The trail down the front was nice too. Everything is well marked.

Short Hike down through the bush to the beach, fairly steep at points with a rope to assist the final climb down to the beach. Great views from the top and down at the small beach looking out into the Manukau Heads. Good for a quick hike when time is short.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A good relatively short but steep trail. Takes about 1 hour and 40 mins - 2 hours to get up. The hut is awesome, one of the best I've seen in terms of size and kept in good condition.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This trail is truly amazing, described as a "Nature Photographers Dream" it definitely does not disappoint. Its features a Ski Lodge, a waterfall and stunning 360 views of snow capped peaks. Don't be fooled by thinking this is easy because its only 4.5km there and back, its very steep and you'll be walking on stones most of the way. Takes roughly 1 and a half - 2 hours each way at a steady pace.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Pretty fast and relatively easy with great views from the cave and a nice seating area to sit back and relax.

Friday, April 14, 2017

This ones quite a challenge but well worth it for the 360 views of the lakes and mountains. Not much shelter on the way up and can get pretty windy, take a windbreaker jacket for sure! Well worth it

2 months ago

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