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Colonial Knob Walkway

Colonial Knob Walkway ascends through native forest to offer impressive views from the summit of Colonial Knob.

On a clear day you can see as far south as the Kaikoura Range and as far north as Mt Taranaki from the summit of Colonial Knob. There are also excellent views out to Kapiti and Mana Islands, and of the drowned river valleys that make up Porirua Harbour.

Some sections of this walkway cross private land and visitors are asked to stick to the marked route, respect all signposted conditions of access and follow the New Zealand Outdoor Access Code.


Colonial Knob Walkway can be accessed from the Broken Hill or Raiha Street entrances to Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve located in Porirua, 20 minutes north of Wellington.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 3-4 hour loop
Length: 9km loop
Created: 24 June 1991
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Colonial Knob Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website.


Photo credit: Amie Lightbourne