Starting high above the city, follow the ridgeline by bike or foot, down to the south coast. Red Rocks Track starts as a 4WD access road and changes to a challenging single trail for the descent to the coast.
Leave plenty of time to stop and take in the sweeping views over the Cook Strait. You can even marvel at the colony of fur seals perched near Red Rocks/Pariwhero past Sinclair Head in winter.
There are two stream crossings, so pack extra socks in preparation.
If you’ve still got energy once you’re at sea level, follow the coastline on the Red Rocks Coastal Walk to Owhiro Bay.