Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne (formerly Karori Wildlife Sanctuary) is a wildlife sanctuary a few kilometers west of downtown. It’s a popular visitor site for its 40 rare species of native wildlife. A beautiful pathway lies just outside the fence of Zealandia, making for a nice 9.3 km loop. This pathway is known for its hills but rewards runners with a serene environment and excellent views! Note: Fairly steep entry fee
Starting in George Denton Park, go through the metal gate and follow the track until you meet the bird sanctuary fence. Turn left. Run along the fence, as the path rises slowly in short (but steep) hills. The highest point is marked by the tapu sign. Here, your hard work is rewarded with stunning views of the harbor and of the hills behind Wellington. As you continue to follow the fence, the path continues climbing and descending hills. Watch your footing, as the path changes from loose gravel to rutty clay.
Add-Ons: Additional trails in the adjacent Waimapihi Reserve. Fairly rugged.
- 9.3 km (5.8 mile) loop
- 411m (1350 feet)!
- George Denton Park
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