Wind turbines on Wellington's Mākara Walkway. © WREDA

Explore wild and windy coastline on the Mākara Walkway

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Take in vast views past wind turbines and up to Kāpiti and Mana Islands on this coastal walk just outside Wellington City. 

One of three tracks in the Meridian West Wind Recreation Area, the Mākara Walkway is a six-kilometre loop, just 30 minutes from Wellington City that begins and ends at the isolated and beautiful Mākara Beach. 

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Climb through farmland to high vantage points with spectacular views of the coast and ocean that were used by both Māori and European soldiers throughout history. 

The historic Ngāti Ira pā site lies on the promontory at the western end of Fisherman's Bay, while gun emplacements at the top of the cliffs mark the position of Fort Opau, which was garrisoned by soldiers during World War II.

Finish your walk with a dip at Mākara beach, which is a lovely sheltered spot in a southerly wind, but very exposed if it’s blowing from the north. 

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