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Makara Walkway

Makara Walkway takes in the wild rocky coastline and high cliffs typical of Wellington’s rugged south coast.

The walkway passes near an old Ngati Ira pa site and World War II gun emplacements, offering panoramic views to the South Island and Mana and Kapiti islands in the north.


Makara Walkway begins and ends at Makara Beach, 16km west of Wellington. The beach is located at the end of Makara Road, which comes off the southern end of Karori Road.

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 hours and 30 minute loop
Length: 6km loop
Created: 6 July 1981
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

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

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