Looking down to Opau Bay, from just past Fort Opau, on the Makara Walkway

Image: Megan Martin | DOC

Introduction

This loop walk climbs to vantage points with spectacular views - farmland, a beach and gun emplacements will keep kids interested.

Track overview

6 km loop

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

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.

Dog access

No dogs

Brochures

Makara Walkway brochure and map (PDF, 770K)

For more information on what you will see on the walk, the history of the area, and how to get there, download the Makara Walkway tour on the Welly Walks app.

About this track

Description

The track climbs to vantage points with spectacular views, and returning along the beach.

The high cliffs and spectacular views for centuries have provided the people of the area with good vantage points for the defence of their land. A Ngati Ira pa site lies on the promontory at the western end of Fisherman's Bay, and gun emplacements at the top of the cliffs mark the position of Fort Opau, which was garrisoned by 100 soldiers during World War II.

Getting there

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.

Know before you go

  • Carry food and drink. There is no drinkable water on the track.
  • Makara beach is sheltered from southerly winds, but is very exposed to northerlies. The hilltops are especially prone to gale force winds.

For more information on what you will see on the walk, the history of the area, and how to get there, download the Welly Walks app, Makara Walkway tour.

Contacts

Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Wellington
6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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