Matairangi Nature Trail

We've installed a new type of walking experience on Mount Victoria that promotes time spent engaging in the natural environment and encourages families to explore our amazing outdoors.

The habitat stations along the Matairangi Nature Trail on Mount Victoria reflect and imagine elements of nature. They are based on the habitat of the matuku hūrepo, kapokapowai, tuna, moko pirirākau and wētā.

A cheerful cartoon fantail.
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Each station provides opportunities for kids to step, jump, slide and climb as they walk through and along the nature trail.

Follow our friendly pīwakawaka as you explore, imagine and play

The playful pīwakawaka, or fantail, is one of Aotearoa’s favourite birds. Pīwakawaka dart and dive through gardens, farms, and forests – including here on Matairangi, Mount Victoria.

Getting there

The Matairangi Nature Trail is located on Mount Victoria, east of central Wellington. Mount Victoria is easily accessed from Alexandra Road by vehicle or on a network of walking and cycle tracks from the surrounding suburbs. The trail starts at the southern intersection of Alexandra Road and Lookout Road near the toilets.

Take public transport

On weekdays, you can take the number 20 bus up to the Lookout, then follow the trail downhill into the city.

Trail details

Cost – Free.

Toilets – Beside Alexandra Road, at the beginning of the Nature Trail.

Parking – There are parking areas at the beginning and midpoint of the Nature Trail, as well as a large car park at the Mount Victoria summit.

Accessibility – The Nature Trail is mostly an easy walk for the family. There is only one area that has a steeper gradient and steps, however you can use the slide instead of the steps. The Nature Trail is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Dogs – Dogs must be kept on a leash.