Miramar and Seatoun
HighlightsThe memorials Araturk, a monument to World War 1 given as a gift from Turkey and the Massey memorial dedicated to Prime Minister William Ferguson Massey
DescriptionThis area is best known for its tracks that cling to the steep sides of the hills and the 360 degree views. It's also home to two of Wellington's more out of the way monuments and a number of well placed gun placements.
Araturk Memorial loop
The lower carpark is off Moa Point Rd near the point itself. Other access is from the strangely named Pass Of Branda and the end of Bowes Cr
While the main attraction on this loop track is the Araturk monument its also a popular loop walkway amongst the locals. The gradient is reasonably friendly with the exception of the steep wander down from the monument to the carpark but even this is short and sharp. On a good day you can look forward to views of the coast and the South Island down as far as Kairkoura.
The monument itself was a gift from Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, an army commander, politician and Turkeys first President. The monument itself is quite moving with alot of information about the 1st World War. In addition the Rangitatau area in the valley near the lower carpark was the Pa for the Ngai Tara tribe destroyed in 1820 by an invading tribe.
From Seatoun access is via either Ludlam or Burnham Streets or from Breaker Bay Road
This network of tracks goes either around the coast or heads inland over the top of the bluffs. Best to do the coastal track when the wind is light and the tide is out, unless you enjoy salty hair. This area is often the site of family picnics. The tracks are reasonably good however some of the inland track is overgrown and unfortunately gorse has made its presence felt.
The area was originally settled by the local Maori tribe as the heavily fortified Oruaiti Pa. In 1910 large gun batteries were first installed to protect Wellington Harbour. The area was upgraded during both World Wars and was finally decommissioned in 1957.
The track starts from a small carpark along Akaroa Dr and runs to Shelly Bay. You can also get onto the track further along Akaraoa Dr down a small side road
This walkway winds its way slowly on lush grass at a gentle gradient sidling up the hill then takes a steep turn down to Shelly Bay. The views of the seaward side of Mt Vic are well worth the effort but you'll need a bike or road bash to get back.
Pass of Branda to Tarakena Bay via Araturk Memorial
The track runs between Pass of Branda off Breaker Bay Rd and Bowes Cr with several other access points along the way
This area can be quite tricky as it hugs the side of steep slopes in places and is quite exposed to the weather. The views of both Seatoun and Eastborne will keep you going so pick a nice day and take your time. ... (more)
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