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Pencarrow Coastal Trail

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Address: 525 Muritai Drive, Wellington, New Zealand

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Beautiful views, stunning walk: a favourite in Wellington

It's a lovely 7km walk/ride from the carpark to the lower lighthouse on a compact gravel road. A little further around will take you to Fitzroy Bay. Pack a picnic and spend the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Shelley G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It's a lovely 7km walk/ride from the carpark to the lower lighthouse on a compact gravel road. A little further around will take you to Fitzroy Bay. Pack a picnic and spend the day on the south coast. Take a water bottle with you, as there is no place to fill one. It's also very exposed to the southerly -... More 

Thank Shelley G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Whether it be by bike or by foot, the coastal trail around to the Pencarrow lighthouse is a great activity just out of Wellington. Even on an overcast day, it's still a great activity to take in the dramatic hillsides right next to the ocean and then get right out around to the Lighthouse. Even though it's only across the... More 

Thank Jessica M
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

I was amazed by this trail, I only wish I have discovered it earlier. Very good roads, especially for MTB, suitable for all riders. And the views to die for!

Thank Natalia S
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

To get to the start of the walk it's a 30-40 min drive around the harbour just beyond Eastbourne. Quite a nice drive to enjoy the harbour from all angles. To get to the lighthouse you can go one of two ways, walk which takes 1.5/2 hours or cycle which takes 45 mins/1 hour. If you take a bike there... More 

Thank AJH40
New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

wonderful coastal walk anytime of the year. Beautiful scenery as you walk around the coast. Can be hard going in a strong southerly wind so pick your day carefully. You can also ride bikes around the coast.

Thank sandy22NewZealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Great for exercise...for you or for your dogs and you can do this by walking or biking. It's a long walk but on a nice day, it's worth it because of the stunning views and you have two lighthouses as your destination point.

Thank MrsGNZ
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I have done this twice riding my bike and it was incredible. I don't think you need to be super fit to do it either. You can walk as well so there are options. The area is incredibly beautiful. One thing I found was that if its a normal windy WLG day be prepare to struggle on the way back.... More 

Thank cmalinayi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Jump on your bike and ride the coast around to the Pencarrow Lighthouse. A great way to enjoy some fresh sea air and get a bit of exercise. A very easy bike ride on the flat.

Thank beaniewellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Loved it! It is a Wellington classic that everyone should try at least once. It is a long journey but you can definitely do the track up to the lighthouse and past the lake (protected wetland) in four hours (return). Note there are no bathrooms or water stations so it pays to be prepared. The track is exposed so be... More 

Thank xoxLuxyxox
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

The trail is quite demanding if you walk all the way from Eastbourne. It would take you over 2 hours to get there, but it worth the effort. The other option is getting your bicycle to get to the lighthouse. It's the first lighthouse built in Wellington and you get very good views of the Wellington harbour from there. The... More 

Thank Reza S

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