News | 17 September 2021

Hidden gems: Places to discover in Pōneke

Wellington is jam-packed with lots of nature, epic views, and places to explore. Here's a list of five spots to check out that you may not yet know about.

A woman wearing active wear and a cap pushing a pram along a hillside with Wellington harbour in the background at sunrise.

Trek into tranquillity at Te Ara Paparārangi 

Not many people know that Te Ara Paparārangi has arguably the best views of Wellington Harbour. It's a bonus that it's an easy, all ages walk along the Harbour Escarpment from Waihinahina Park in Newlands. Enjoy the tranquillity of the forest and stop at viewpoints along the way.

A grassy area at the top of a hill with a magnificant view of Wellington harbour, from Petone on the left to Somes Island on the right.
Views from Te Ara Paparārangi.

Enjoy a peaceful picnic at Ōtari Wilton's Bush

Lunch in a remarkable glade surrounded by nothing but native trees and peace? Sounds like a pretty good spring activity we think. Barbecues are available for use and there are toilet facilities, as well as fresh tap water. Take the blue trail to find Moko, a majestic 800-year-old rimu!

Discover epic views at Oku Street Reserve

Views for days! Head to Oku Street Reserve to see over Ōwhiro Bay, Sinclair Head and, on a clear day, the Kaikōura Range in the South Island. The steps to get to the top are worth it. 

Cabbage trees and bush atop a hill with a fantastic view overlooking Owhiro Bay and the South Coast.
Views at Oku Street Reserve.

Check out the cherry blossoms

Katherine Mansfield Park in Thorndon comes up pretty in pink at this time of the year. Take a wander and enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms while they last.

Find the magical Fairy Garden

Tucked away in the Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā, there is a magical Fairy Village waiting to be found. It's the perfect excuse to run away with the fairies and spend an afternoon exploring the gardens.

A hand made little red mushroom nestled into the leaves on the ground with a dish beside it containing three small eggs.

Check out the latest Our Wellington - Tō Tātou Pōneke magazine to find this story and others which highlight some of Pōneke's special natural spaces.