Te Ara Paparārangi / Te Ara Paparāngi ki te Tonga

A 4.6 kilometre walk, taking 1–2 hours to complete.

Two people enjoying the track on Te Ara Paparārangi walkway.
Te Ara Paparārangi walkway

Te Ara Paparārangi and Te Ara Paparāngi ki te Tonga are two tracks that make up a 4.6km walk along the Harbour Escarpment between Waihinahina Park and Promontory Crescent in Newlands.

The walk is a good grade and not difficult, so is suitable for those of average fitness and all ages. There are no steps so this walk is buggy friendly, although be aware there are some steeper sections on the old section of track.

The greatest attraction of this walkway is the stunning views of Wellington Harbour and tranquillity of the regenerating and old growth native forest in Gilberd Bush Reserve. All along the route are numerous viewpoints.

The walk follows a shared use track. The track goes below Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi marae and residential properties – please keep to the track.

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Where to start the walk 

Various access points from suburban streets allow you to complete the walkway in stages if you choose. 

For public transport options, check the Metlink website.

Walk from north to south from Waihinahina Park 

To complete the entire route from north to south, start at Waihinahina Park and walk through the dog exercise area to the start of the track. 

The walkway entrance is sign-posted and begins near the south end of the dog exercise area. 

Walk from south to north from Promontory Crescent

To complete the walk from south to north, start at the sign halfway along Promontory Crescent. 


Dogs must be on leads outside dog exercise areas. Please remember to clean up after your dog and dispose of the waste appropriately.