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Parks and reserves in the city and suburbs.
Brandon’s Rock is the highest point on the Paparangi ridge.
This reserve looks out to the western skyline and has views of farmland to the north.
Centennial Reserve is on a steep bushy hillside at the north end of Miramar.
Charles Plimmer Park has a large grassed area at the northern end and a flat field at the southern end.
This park has good views across Lyall Bay to the airport and Moa Point.
Fort Buckley was built in 1885 to help defend Wellington's inner harbour.
This popular inner-city park has a play area, amphitheatre-style seating, sculptures and cafes.
The track through the reserve has good views of the harbour, Matiu/Somes Island and the Orongorongo Range.
Newlands/Paparangi Pony Club is based at the reserve and is its main user.
Located alongside Ara Tawa, the reserve features a playground, a dog exercise area and electric barbecues.
Kentwood Drive Reserve is in a neighbourhood park surrounded by regenerating bush.
This pleasant community reserve has a small stream flowing through it. The stream is bridged in several places.
This central city park is close to cafes and downtown shopping.
The Oku Street Reserve lookout has excellent views of the Orongorongo Range and Baring Head.
Oruaiti Reserve has several walking tracks, including a loop walk, and excellent views of the harbour from the ridge.
Part of the Eastern Walkway, these headlands provide excellent views of the harbour and open sea.
Seton Nossiter Park is a 1.6km-long, 30ha bush-clad reserve nestled in Belmont Gully.
Shorland Park in Island Bay is close to the sea and has a popular playground and barbecue area.
From the lookout in Sinclair Park there are lovely views of Houghton Bay and Te Raekaihau headland.
Tawatawa Reserve is surrounded on three sides by hills. It is marked by a pouwhenua, and has a dog exercise area.
Trelissick Park is a beautiful area of hills, stream and native bush below Ngaio Gorge Road.
Waihinahina Park has excellent views over Hutt Valley, Petone and Wellington Harbour.
Waitangi Park is a six-hectare urban park in the centre of Wellington, covering 30 percent of the waterfront.
Once a waka landing beach, this park now features pou whenua by Te Atiawa sculptor Ra Vincent.
Wilf Mexted Scenic Reserve has a number of walks ranging from 10 to 30 minutes.
Willowbank Reserve is a large open park beside Porirua Stream.
Woodburn Reserve covers about five hectares of bush-covered slopes in Woodburn, and is an important ecological area.