Makara Beach is one of those spots that you can imagine yourself retiring to live, where you spend your days walking along the beach, collecting driftwood and paua shells, before returning to your cosy house to read books and drink cups of tea in front of the fire. It's that kind of place.
On a weekend where most people were curled up at home, watching Netflix and keeping dry, we decided to go for a hike and stay overnight in a 60+ year old Hut in the middle of nowhere with no power and no promise of dry firewood on one of the wettest weekends in Wellington.
This gem of an island is in the middle of Wellington harbour and provides the perfect 360 degree view around the harbour. The easiest way to access the island is via ferry from central Wellington, or Day's Bay. If you're super fit and feel like a challenge, you are welcome to kayak or swim (!) on over.