Makara Walkway

Average rating: 4
  • Walking
  • Circular Track (Loop)

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.


No dogs. Part of track closed for lambing season between 1 August and 1 October. Access to the gun emplacements is via Makara Beach during this time. Carry food and drink. There is no drinkable water on the track.

How to get here

Makara Walkway begins and ends at Makara Beach, 16 km north of Wellington. The beach is at the end of Makara Road which runs from the south end of Karori Road.

Track Elevation

Map of Track

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Page last updated: Sep 8, 2020, 3:40 PM