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Seton Nossiter Waterfall & Lookout, Wellington

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Seton Nossiter Waterfall & LookoutBeginner

Submitted by Richele McKenzie

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Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


0:50 (Slow)
0:35 (Moderate)
0:25 (Fast)



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From the carpark make your way along a small track, then down a 4-wheel drive track above Belmont Stream. You cross the stream and the trail continues through a grassy area / picnic spot. When you get to an information board, instead of following the main track to the right, go straight across a little bridge and follow a secondary track to the waterfall. This is unmarked but quite easy to follow. You will get your feet wet several times following a stream.

After admiring the waterfall, turn around and make your way back to the information board, then follow the main track uphill. Note, this is the bush track labelled "Lawson's Track", not the wider path. Continue until you get to Colchester Cres, then take the small track to the left, up to a Lookout with a bench seat (a nice spot for a breather).

Turn around at Fernwood Ct and head back downhill. When you get back down to the grassy area, follow the trail that makes it's way back to the carpark via the off-lead dog area, along the opposite side of the stream. This winds around (you'll get your feet wet again) to join up with the 4-wheel drive track.

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Features of interest

A 30ha bush-clad reserve nestled in Belmont Gully. There is an unmarked track to a small but impressive waterfall. "Seton Nossiter Park contains the concrete abutments of the viaduct built in 1885 by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company. At the time it was New Zealand's biggest timber viaduct. Two of the abutments can be seen in regenerating bush near the main entrance at Mark Avenue". Wellington.govt.nz

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 80%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

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  • Access

    Seton Nossiter carpark, 100 Mark Avenue, Grenada Village.
    Alternate start at far end, Colchester Crescent/Fernwood Court in Newlands.

    Plentry of parking available. Grenada Village bus (no 1) stops nearby.

    11 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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

    You will pass a couple of overgrown tracks - avoid turning down these.
    The route to the waterfall is the most worn down path.

    Perfect throughout.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No drinking water. Plenty for dogs though.

    May get muddy after a lot of rain.

    The side track to the waterfall is falling away in places.
    The trail involves crossing small streams and you will get wet feet.

  • Post run indulgence

    Common Ground Cafe
    In the new Johnsonville library complex, 34 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville.
    Great selection of cabinet food.

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