Red Rocks

I don’t know of many capital cities where you can drive 10 minutes from the city centre and see seals. And not just one seal, but heaps of seals, sunbathing themselves on rocks and generally just being rather adorable!

Kepler Track

We lucked out big time with this walk – a few days before we were due to start walking the middle section of the track was closed due to snow. And two days after we came off that section it closed again due to bad weather.

Ring of Fire – Mt Ruapehu

This wasn’t a typical walk. It was a 50km mountain race around a volcano, that started and finished in darkness. I’d gone into it knowing that I’d already completed a 50km before (and that included running and walking, whereas this one was only walking), so mentally I knew I could do it.

Polhill Reserve to Red Rocks

The number one reason I like this walk is because it starts in the heart of the city, but within 30 minutes you can look around and not see any sign of people. That’s my kind of walk! The second reason is that it ends at the beach. And not just that, but a beach with seals!

Paekakariki Escarpment Track

If you like stairs, you’ll really like this walk. There are lots of them. And they are perched on hillsides where if you slip, there is nothing to stop you until you hit the ground far below. So my hint for this walk? Take it slow going up and down the many, many stairs.

Mt Victoria Loop

I’ve walked tracks on Mt Victoria a hundred times. But it seems like each time I do I still manage to find a new path I haven’t come across before and manage to not follow the track I want to be on. This was a loop walk so I figured it was going to be well signposted, which it was. Mostly.

Shine Falls

On the first sunny Saturday in December, I expected the Shine Falls track to be full of families trekking their way down to the falls for a swim – this walk is along a relatively flat track, safe, and with barely any uphill.

Bell Rock Loop Track

If you’re afraid of heights, cliffs,  rocks, or being out of cellphone coverage  – stay away from this walk. If those four things excite you greatly, then this walk is for you. Well, at least until the fun police turn up and fence everything off.

Mt Kaukau to Johnsonville

Mt Kaukau – the big mountain in Wellington with the giant transmitter on top. It’ s the one place that you can see from pretty much anywhere in Wellington, and one of the places that makes most people say ‘oh Mt Kaukau, I keep meaning to walk to the top but I haven’t done it yet’.

Kayaking in Milford Sound

The research says that New Zealand’s environment is the number one reason visitors come here, and one of the most popular places has got to be Milford Sound – and after my first visit, I understand why.

Dawson Falls – Waingongoro Loop

If you asked a child to draw a mountain, I’m pretty sure they’d produce an image that looked very similar to Mt Taranaki. As you drive into Taranaki, the Maunga draws you in, and seeing her in winter, her top covered in snow, is just glorious.

Makara Walkway

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.

Castle Hill

It’s an odd feeling when as a New Zealander, it takes someone visiting the country to not only take you somewhere you’d never been before, but take you somewhere you’d never heard of before, and so it was with Castle Hill. 

Roy’s Peak

When I went to pick up my friend to do this walk with me, he pointed to where we’d be walking. I may have slightly underestimated which mountain we’d be climbing and as we drove closer, it just seemed to loom even taller above us.