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South Coast adventuring

By Josiah 28 Jun 2017 • 5 Comments

To be able to wander freely in a remote area so close to the city is something few cities have to offer. A walk around Wellington’s South Coast is something that should be on your to do list if you haven’t already done it - it could easily become your new favourite. The ruggedness of the coastal landscape makes for magnificent scenes in all weather. Some days offer wild seas with relentless waves punching the shoreline and on the nicer days, the coast transforms into an idyllic getaway that could be easily mistaken for the tropics.

The point of entry to the coast is found at the end of Owhiro bay where the road ends, at this point you can park up your car and start your walk around. Bear in mind the road you walk on is open to 4WD’s so you may be sharing the road as you make your way round. If undisturbed walking is to your liking, the track is closed to vehicles on Sundays and dedicated for walkers.

Make your walk as short or as long as you want, it’s your choice. The Coast goes right around to the Karori Rock Lighthouse and beyond. The marked walking track ends at Red Rocks but if you wish to go further, the walking is much the same as before. On your way around you can see groups of seals, they are often camouflaged against the rocks so keep an eye out for them as you walk. These guys are fairly used to seeing visitors so they’ll linger round for a snap or two.  

It’s a personal favourite of mine to catch the sunset or do some star gazing away from the city. On some nights recently, the Southern Lights have appeared above the Kaikouras, dousing the sky with intense greens and pinks. Any given night with clear sky, there are sure to be an array of stars out. I would recommend making your way around in the late-afternoon to catch the sunset which you can get a great view of anywhere on your walk. 

Being only 15 minutes from the CBD, the journey isn't too far out of your way to feel like you’ve had a day out of the city. Grab some mates and some lunch and make the most of what is at your backdoor!

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  • Catherine on 7 Jul 2017

    When you promote a natural sanctuary of animals to humans, how about adding a line and says "be cognisant that these are wild animals and avoid stressing them but getting up close. Stick to the DoC rules of not closer than 5 metres".

  • 'tricia Gazley on 29 Jun 2017

    We're very familiar with Owhiro Bay, it's main claim to beauty is its rugged timelessness. I have a photo, taken a century ago, of a flock of sheep driven around the rugged coastline to pasture - probably toward Makara. It's still easy to imagine that happening today.

  • Maria on 29 Jun 2017

    It's hard to walk around there in the dark, so bring a torch!

  • Tina on 29 Jun 2017

    Special part of Wellington

  • Reuben Collins on 28 Jun 2017

    I have some very fond memories of that walk. Some epic stones to be found out those ways.

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