Get away from the city to one of the best trails Wellington has to offer. Dubbed the “Stairway to Heaven”, the 9km Escarpment Track zigs and zags above State Highway 1 between Paekākāriki and Pukerua Bay.
It offers a unique trail experience in the form of swing bridges and spectacular views of Kapiti Island, as well as the challenging but rewarding 1,200 steps. The steps are steep and not recommended for those with vertigo, but the views make it an experience to remember.
Walking from Pukerua Bay to Paekākāriki does seem to involve a steeper climb, but finishing in Paēkakariki village with a cold drink, coffee, ice cream, or beer is a satisfying way to end the day.