Red Rocks Reserve

Red Rocks Reserve, Wellington: Address, Red Rocks Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

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983jeu
Wellington, New Zealand21 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
The walk was long, but it was definitely worth it. The seals and rock formations were spectacular. We had a great time and will come again.
Written 23 January 2022
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Faye
18 contributions
Sep 2020
Quite a long walk (2 hours one-way, I think, on relatively flat ground) but there are a lot of seals past the rock arch at the end. They're not as stinky as they say and are really cute and round :)

Check the wind speeds when you visit as the area is not recommended during gales.

Ample parking with a clean restroom nearby.
Written 11 August 2021
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Adventure Kiwis
Auckland Central, New Zealand44 contributions
Feb 2021
One of the most beautiful places we have been in NZ! Our kids aged 2 and 7 managed to walk the 5.1kms to Devil's Gate. The walk is so beautiful and so serene. The track is for 4WDs too, but its's still peaceful and the drivers are kind. We saw loads of paua and giant kelp along the way. The ocean is wild along there which was really cool to see. It was a cloudy day so we didn't get to see across to the south island unfortunately! We saw around 6 seals which was such a treat! And a few penguins on the way back. It's definitely a long track but well worth it. Take some lunch and have a picnic when you get through Devil's Gate :) There are toilets at the carpark before you start your walk, but none on the way. If you get into trouble, there are a couple of houses along the way where you can get assistance. At the end of our walk we came across a coffee caravan so we warmed up with a nice hot coffee.
Written 4 April 2021
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Lucinda J
909 contributions
Nov 2020
Walked out and back to devils gate and up to the world war 2 bunkers above sinclair head it was tough but worth it for the views
Written 8 November 2020
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Nikki
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Jul 2020
This is well worth the walk to see the fur seal colony and even the scenery along the way is untouched and beautiful. It is not hard to imagine the pre-European New Zealand walking along this track. Think the Luminaries TV series. The scenery is absolutely beautiful.

It can get a little bit cold. It's a long coastal walk. The path is not smooth all the way. But it is an easy walk for a healthy adult. I've seen people taking their bikes and then having to carry them part of the way. It's probably a good idea to take a stroller if you have a toddler.

If you are lucky you will run into Barry the local who has a great knowledge of the local history and pre-history.

The seals are definitely worth it too. Be careful as they are quite camouflaged on the rocks and next minute there is one right in front of you.

There is a food truck at the carpark and well maintained toilets and a drinking fountain and dog fountain. The food truck has great hot drinks and delicious baked goods.

Dogs need to be kept on a lead at all times. It is absolutely irresponsible when dog owners don't put their dogs on a secured fixed lead. There are also penguins and penguin nests at Owhiro Bay - so dogs must be kept on a secure leash - not a flexi lead.

Don't expect to get the whole way with little children. You might have to carry them if they get tired. Fine for older children.

Wear good shoes and warm clothes. Definitely take your camera.

And it costs nothing. It is by far the best thing Wellington has to offer and it costs absolutely nothing. There is also another colony in Wainuiomata.
Written 13 August 2020
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TURNERO
Napier, New Zealand42 contributions
Jan 2020
As we live on the north island, we have biked it twice now. I must say we did it once in the dark because I wanted to see Aurora southern lights. I didn't get to.It's Ok to bike if your tyres are a bit wider. just need to push at about 5 points.

Don't drive it unless you own a 4WD and even then it's slow in places. took about 35 mins to bike to the red rock part. I believe the local seals are there in October usually.

I still like seeing the red rock and the wild beach formations. The beach path goes on an on if you want further exploration.I think you could let confident 10 years and up ride with you on their bikes. i believe its about an hours walk to get there. so double that at least.
Written 6 May 2020
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Ripoata
Wellington, New Zealand165 contributions
Mar 2020
Even in the off-season for seals we find one or two along the way. This is mainly for walking over rocky beach, but there are a few tour companies that will take you 4WD over this wild beach area......and it is only about 15 minutes from Wellington city centre.
Written 22 March 2020
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Cosmopolitan645361
9 contributions
Mar 2020
We really enjoyed this experience. Wear good shoes! The walk out to the Red Rocks is gravel/sandy and rocky, it can wear on your feet. You have beautiful ocean/beach views the entire walk, and we lucked out and saw several fur seals!
Written 9 March 2020
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huntlywelches
Huntly, New Zealand23 contributions
Jan 2020
We stayed here for three nights, as allowed for self-contained vehicles. The weather was unbelievably beautiful, and it was a novelty seeing the ferries pass by and swimming in calm Cook Strait. Views of Kaikoura Ranges, an interesting walk around the bleak south coast to see the seals, and a little free museum to learn history of the area.
Written 21 February 2020
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Lisa H
Brisbane, Australia536 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Gorgeous views, a good walk over sand, rocks & pebbles. We got to see some red fur seals (rare this time of year) and saw the top of the South Island which was awesome 😎

We caught an Uber to the main gate of the Reserve which has lots of parking, toilets and a visitors centre.

Good walk, you do have to share the track with 4WD, mountain bikers and motorbikes, but it wasn’t bad and everyone was very polite.

I’d love to return and see more - next time!
Written 8 February 2020
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