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Parks and nature in Wellington

Top nature recommendations from locals

“A great place for a lovely walk and a chance to see a variety of wildlife you will only see here in NZ”
  • 130 locals recommend
“The Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington, New Zealand, covers 25 hectares of land on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, near central Wellington. The garden features 25 hectares of protected native forest, conifers, plant collections and seasonal displays. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
“Golden sand beach right in the heart of the city. You just can’t beat Wellington on a good day.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Really lovely walks through old native bush. Free entry. Walks from 30 minutes to an hour or two. Lots of native birds. The air in so nice in there, it's a special and invigorating place. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Always lots going on at the waterfront or just take in our spectacular Harbour. Can’t beat Wellington on a good day. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Seals! Whenever you go, you can see lot of seals around the coast and enjoying the sunbath. You can walk in from the gate(30 mins - 1 hour), or you can drive in if you have a 4WD.”
  • 22 locals recommend
“Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park is an award-winning purpose built bike park set in 250 hectares of bird-filled native bush. Whether you're a walker, runner or mountain biker there's a track at Makara Peak for you. This park extends across Makara Hill Road and along the main ridge to the top of Karori Park, where there is another local network of tracks.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Our beautiful park where the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior remains. A nice place to go to pay your respects and to sit in the sun and listen to our Tuis fly between the Pohutukawa trees.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Memorial Site
“Huge marble monument where NZ first Prime Minister is buried. Great bush walk and fantastic view.”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Take a short 25 minute ferry from Queens Wharf and you'll find yourself in another world! Quarantine Island turned sanctuary, this predator free reserve is rich in history and nature. A perfect and unique way to escape the city! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
“Walk from the southern end of Ataturk park (start at Tarakena Bay along Moa Point Road) to the Pass of Branda and back around to your car passing through the sea side community of Breaker Bay (2 hrs) ”
  • 9 locals recommend
“Walk 10 minutes to this great pool and gym with spa and sauna. Also has a helath-food cafe, and next door is where you can learn to sail (bookings via”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Site of the Wahine tragedy (boat sinking) of 1968 in which 51 people lost their lives. Peaceful spot to sit and watch the ocean while contemplating the world.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“We have some excellent hiking trails right on our doorstep that wind through the regenerating native bush in Polhill Reserve. The entry point is only 3 minutes away from the bottom end of Karepa Street. The Polhill Reserve loop is suitable for those of average fitness and takes from 45 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on your fitness level. There are plenty of shorter walks you can take if you want something easier: 2 suggestions: Head down to Aro Street (around 30 minutes) for refreshments including craft beer (Garage Project), coffee, or bread or pastries (Arobake), or alternatively walk up to the Brooklyn Wind Turbine for stunning panoramic views of Wellington. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
“Great day walking, fantastic views of the Hutt Valley out to harbour and Wellington city... its local! Smaller children might need a piggyback if they get tired...”
  • 8 locals recommend
“Beautiful views from the highest point overlooking Wellington Harbour. Several walking tracks lead to the summit. Walk up Simla Crescent with lots of steps, or Truscott, Khandallah is 'easier' ”
  • 5 locals recommend