Last Updated: 3rd Feb 2024

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Aro Valley / Tip Track loop

Tip Track, City to Sea Walkway

Wellington, Wellington

Submitted by Daniel Seller

Last Updated: 3rd Feb 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 27

Gnarl Factor: 20







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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.7%


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Wind your way up Transient Track from Aro Valley to Ashton Fitchett Drive, then pass some MTBs up Sawmill. Turn south along the Zealandia Fenceline track, before crossing the road and heading up Windmill. Wind your way along here until you pop out at the Turbine, for the sweeping Wellington views in the sweeping Wellington wind.

Head back down to the singletrack, continuing south along Carparts Extension, which becomes Barking Emu at a small side trail up to Hawkins Hill Road. Continue south, past a grassy knoll until the trail junction with the Tip Track and Red Rocks tracks.

For bonus vert, if you head right UP the Tip Track here, you can bag Hawkins Hill. Otherwise, turn left and bomb down the Tip Track – you’re basically halfway now…

At the bottom of the Tip Track, turn left up Happy Valley Road about 500m, to the sculptures at Tawatawa reserve. Through the gate, then zigzag up to the top (watch out for horses). Head across the grass to the yellow City to Sea Walkway signs – you’ll be following these now. Left down to the gate & road, then right down several sets of steps.

After skirting around Berhampore Golf Course, head down the road a little, past the nursery, then up past a playground & across Britomart Street. Around the sports fields, then up the steps and over a bit of a hill to the Cook Islands Society & Wellington Pipe Band halls, then up into the pine trees above Rugby League Park.

Cross Hutchison Road slightly to the north, then head up and over the hill (under a bridge) to Wellington Scottish Clubrooms. Cross the grass & turn left, through Prince of Wales Park. A few road / footpath detours around the water tank reconstruction will eventually bring you down to Brooklyn Road and Central Park.

Follow the wide, pine-needled paths down to the main entrance and water tap. After the tap, go up the steps to Ohiro Road. Just south, another City to Sea sign will lead you up to a large open grassy space near the community garden. The track around the bottom will lead you down some steps to Epuni Street. Head right down here, and back to Aro Valley for a well-earned snack.

Zealandia Fenceline with lots of native birds. Brooklyn Wind Turbine highest point in Wellington city - Hawkins Hill - with 360 degree views. Tip Track.

Usually there is parking along Aro Street, but not always right near the bottom of the trail - in good weather these are really popular trails with runners, MTBers, and walkers. As well as Aro Street, there may be parking in Holloway Road, or Epuni Street, or some of the other side streets off Aro Street. There are bus stops on Aro Street, for the #25 Highbury bus. Most of the other bus routes require a bit of a walk into town.

2 km

4 minutes




The City to Sea Walkway section between Tawatawa Reserve & Central Park crosses many other tracks, but is generally well sign-posted.

Generally good.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Water taps at Waimapihi Reserve (start/end), as well as Central Park. Not aware of any other publicly available water points. Close to residential areas much of second half, including Berhampore shops, Mt Cook.

Barking Emu & Tip Track very exposed, so risky in high winds. Also loose stones on track, so would be slippery in rain.

Coming down Tip Track can be slippery. Multiple busy road crossings on second half - Happy Valley Road, Britomart Street, Hutchison Road, Brooklyn Road

Aro Cafe
Aro village
Close to start & end of trail, outside tables, great food & coffee

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Richele McKenzie

Richele McKenzie

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Trail Reviews

Superb loop. Enjoyed the sawmill and windmill tracks, so much more enjoyable than going up the fence line.

ross anderson

February 4

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