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“lovely walk” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Red Rocks Reserve

Red Rocks Reserve
Owhiro Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
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Ranked #29 of 125 Attractions in Wellington
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
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london
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“lovely walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is a great walk and only a couple of 4wd's all day on a wednesday so not a problem. From bus number 1, hop off when it turns around at the end of the route and turn right along the coast (walk through the small park or down reef road to seafront). There is a great little cafe- Bach Cafe about halfway along the parade between the bus stop and red rocks which opens for breakfast at 8am and serves food and drinks with a deck where you can watch the waves.
Great little info hut at entrance to walk with info on shipwrecks, marine life, geography and local legends.

Visited March 2014
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“I love this walk but remember, no high-heels!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I love this walk - from Island Bay, past Red Rocks, through to the seal colony. It has to be done on a Sunday when no four wheel drive cars are allowed there, and there will be loads of families, dogs, cyclists. Even though it is a very isolated area, on a Sunday it's almost crowded, especially in the summer when people wander along it. Just before you reach the seal colony there is a little stream where I always used to end up with wet feet but now there is a little bridge-thing put in. The seals are there roughly later in the year. At a nice leisurely pace, it will be maybe an hour each way. The views are great. The water is wild. This sounds silly that I have to say this, but wear trainers or tramping shoes because I've actually seen tourists in high heels and scuffs. The path has many areas where you have to walk over lots (and lots) of stones and pebbles and this is hard on the feet. I have often left the track and gone down to the stony beach to search for pumice and found lots of it. Free pumice is better than buying it from a posh pharmacy or body shop.

Visited October 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is a beautiful place with stunning scenery and cute seals! It's about an hour and a half walk - if your strolling. It's all flat, though you are walking on loose stones so it can be a little tough in parts. Recommend wearing sneakers - or at least flats.
Would be best to go on a calm day as the wind can batter you along the coast and its very exposed so would be cold.
Well worth a visit!!

Visited August 2013
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wellington
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“interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

From the carpark you can stroll to an exhibition detailing the local fauna and flora in the reserve.The site also offers a grand view of the south island on most clear days.For the adventourous,there is a walk of at least one hour to the seal colony.This is good between october to march.with seals and pups aplenty.The walk is over rocks and shingle and should be undertaken at a slow pace,wearing hardy footwear.At the Gap at red rocks one can see the strata in the cliff which gives the red coloring to the area.

Visited April 2013
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“Red rocks worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I love this place and been out there countless times. Excellent place to take a family as long as the weather is good. It is an easy walk out to the seal colony .

Visited January 2013
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