Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. Sometimes, this can be confused with the bustling city of Auckland (like how ACT in Australia can be confused with Sydney or Melbourne as the capital). However, Wellington is a charming city to visit that still boasts lots to do. The benefit is that most attractions are within walking distance.
If you’re looking for a moderate walk with good views and easy accessibility from the city, then walking to Mount Victoria is a must. It is uphill and may have some steep areas. Although, I’d still consider it more of a walk than a hiking expedition. Therefore, it’s good for families too, but definitely pack a water and a snack for when you reach the top. We fuelled up at the top of Mount Victoria before beginning the trek back to the city.
Routes to Mount Victoria
You can check out the different routes on the Wellington City Council page here. We completed the shorter loop at 2.6km, with the entry point at Majoribanks Street. From walking up this street, you’ll be directed by sign posts to enter and follow the trail.
Walking to Mount Victoria at its 196 metre height, is accessible by car and bus. However, walking there lets you take in the surrounding beauty as well as stop at different lookout points along the way. We timed our walk so that we’d see the sun setting once we reached the top. And it was a sight we were happy to see! Although we went in the freezing cold July Winter, we were lucky to get a rare few days of sunshine and clear skies. Braving the cold temperatures was worth it for this journey.
If you’re looking for things to do on your next trip to Wellington, don’t miss Mount Victoria!