City to Sea Walkway

A 12km walk that takes 6 - 7 hours, but can be done in stages.

Closed Sections of City to Sea Walkway

From Monday 12th January 2015, sections on the City to Sea Walkway are closed to remove trees from the Prince of Wales Park that pose a safety risk to Hutchison Road. See the image below for alternative routes. The work is expected to last until about mid March. The area will be replanted between 2015 and 2019.

Map showing alternative routes on City to Sea Walkway during section closures.

Map showing alternative routes on City to Sea Walkway in 2015


The City to Sea Walkway starts in the heart of central Wellington near Parliament and ends at the south coast, 12km away in Island Bay.

The walkway is closed to mountain bikes.

Along the way, you will:

  • visit the Botanic Garden and two historic cemeteries
  • pass several observatories
  • see the famous Cable Car, Victoria University and a plant nursery
  • walk through part of Aro Valley with its turn-of-the-century cottages, 14 parks and reserves, several children’s play areas, and public golf course
  • walk along bushy Town Belt tracks, exposed ridge tops and through native and exotic vegetation
  • get spectacular views of central Wellington, the southern suburbs of Newtown, Berhampore and Island Bay, Government House, historic Erskine College, the Brooklyn wind turbine, Mount Victoria, Mount Kaukau and Cook Strait
  • see the more distant views of the Tararua, Rimutaka and Kaikoura ranges.

The walk takes about 6−7 hours but can be done in stages.

Although the route is called city to sea, the marker posts mean you can walk it in either direction.

You can catch a No 1 bus to the city from Island Bay, and other services at several points along the way.

To complete the entire walk in 1 day you will need a good level of fitness.



City to Sea Walkway (311KB PDF)

Download the brochure or check out our Welly Walks app which has images, maps and instructions for the City to Sea Walkway.