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Wellington Based Activities

Shelly Bay

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Rocky coves provide excellent opportunities to explore the rugged coastline. The beaches are safe for swimming and there a several good picnic spots. Plenty of interesting things to explore if it is too windy or cold to swim! Shelly Bay is the site of a former air force base long military history so there are plenty of areas to explore. 

Polhill Reserve

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Located in the hills in north-west Brooklyn, and are both part of Waimapihi Reserve. A great place for bush walking or bike riding for the whole family. The tracks lead through valleys and past a stream. Pack a picnic and prepare to get a bit wet and muddy in the stream. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times. 

Battle Hill Farm Forrest Park

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Hill Farm Forest Park provides activities for the whole family. A popular access point to the Puketiro Forest, Battle Hill has several great picnic spots. Take a picnic, or cook some sausages over a campfire. Campfires can be lit on the provided concrete firepads in the front paddocks but are subject to fire bans. Try the Wetlands Walk; Follow the farm road up through the Airstrip between the wetlands and the deer paddocks. It will take about an hour and is quite an easy walk. Plenty to see but remember to wear good walking shoes and warm clothes. 

The Snake (Karori Park)

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Try this tricky little track on bike or on foot. Part of the Karori Park Beginners Trail, this track weaves back and forth, a bit like a slalom course. If you need something more challenging get into action on the Karori Pump Track, a loop of turns and bumps on a flat biking trail. 

Waterfall Track, Dry Creek Valley

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Follow this not so Dry Creek over grassy areas that are ideal for picnics, to native bush towards a small waterfall and back again. Expect wet and muddy feet as you cross the stream several times. Great for young family groups, but it’s a rocky walk and not suitable for buggies. It’s about an hour’s walk