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Te Ara Papararangi Views, Wellington

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Te Ara Papararangi ViewsBeginner

Submitted by Richele McKenzie

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


1:25 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:55 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 95%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Waihinahina Park car park, off Ladbrooke Drive, Newlands. The trail starts at the dog park. Alternatively you could start at the other end, Promontory Crescent, Newlands.

    Plenty of car parking available.

    11 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    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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