Last Updated: 20th May 2024


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Te Ara Papararangi Views

Wellington, Wellington

Submitted by Richele McKenzie

Last Updated: 20th May 2024


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Grunt Factor: 11 ?

Gnarl Factor: 24 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.3%


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The trail goes along the Harbour Escarpment between Waihinahina Park and Promontory Crescent then turns around and returns to Waihinahina Park the same way. This gives you the chance to check out the stunning views of Wellington Harbour many times.

Run through the dog exercise park at the beginning then look for the signposts for the walkway. Keep following the trail until you get to the very end of Tamworth Cres (ignore first sign pointing to Tamworth Cres exit). Run along the road briefly, turn left down Cromwell Point and you'll see the trail again on the right. Follow all the way to Promontory Cr, take a few minutes to soak in the view then turn around and return to the start.

Te Ara Paparārangi and Te Ara Paparāngi ki te Tonga are the two tracks that make up this trail along the Harbour Escarpment . Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi marae is just above the trail. There is regenerating native bush in the Gilberd Bush Reserve. Waihinahina Park overlooks Horokiwi Quarry and is the site of the old quarry. Stunning view of Wellington Harbour! Artificial grottoes along the way, including figures from The Simpsons.

Pukehuia Park, 214 Newlands Road and McMillan Court Carpark, Newlands Mall.

Plenty of car parking available.

11 km

12 minutes




Perfect throughout.

Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No water available.

Parts of the trail can be muddy after rain.
Viewpoints can be exposed to the wind.

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Trail Reviews

Such a fun trail that rewards you with a surprise view that is worth the ups and downs. Great track to head into to hide from the Northern suburbs winds too, it is usually very sheltered in there as the bush offers great protection.

Eve Southan

January 5, 2021

What a great urban trail, really enjoyed this! Could easily take a few wrong turns as there are a few options, but the described GPX are good

Tony Sharpe

October 9, 2020

Great wee trail... confusing at the start... the trail proper starts to the right - as you leave the car park heading towards the harbour follow the Bush line around to the right of you and you will come to the trail entrance. Great views and very firm trail... wear a more cushioned shoe if you have one.

Mike Tennent

August 19, 2020

I recall doing a volunteer day clean-up of this reserve a few years ago, and wow how it's transformed. It's gorgeous now. An easy trail, but with some decent vertical, and outstanding views of the Wellington harbour. Thanks Richele!

Joe Benbow

August 5, 2020

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