It’s hard to find any information about Te Raekaihau headland on Wellington’s South Coast.
But I was driving past recently when I glimpsed the start of a walking track. Today was the day for the dogs and I to explore the track. It was a good day for it — overcast and neither cool nor warm.
There’s quite a bit written about Te Raekaihau Point — the darkish spot on the Coast where you can get good views of the Southern sky because there aren’t too many artificial lights around. But my searching for information about the headland and its tracks didn’t produce anything useful.
Even though apparently Te Raekaihau, part of Te Ranga a Hiwi, can be translated as
the headland that eats the wind it actually wasn’t a windy walk at all.
The Journal of the Polynesian Society tells us:
Te Ranga-a-Hiwi. We have seen that this is the Maori name of the range extending from Pt. Jerningham to the coast between Lyall and Island Bays, and on which are the three peaks known as Mt. Victoria, Mt. Alfred and Mt. Albert.
If you’re thinking of doing this walk be ready for some very steep climbing. I think my calves will be complaining tomorrow.
The tracks themselves were overgrown and clearly not used much. We did meet a party of 3 women coming down the hill just as we were starting up, but didn’t see anyone else.
There were plenty of signposts, though, crucially, not where we needed them on the track we were coming down at the end of the walk. After stumbling around lost, but heading downhill, we eventually came out behind The Pines.
As you’d expect, the higher we climbed the better the views.
On the next page are half a dozen photos I took on the walk. The page comes in at around 300 KB.
All up we walked a tad less than 3 Km and spent an hour doing it.
I wouldn’t do this walk in or soon after rain as it’s too overgrown, and parts are very steep so could be horribly slippery. But if you’re fit, enjoy scenery and fancy a different walk then give it a try.
As always, dogs are supposed to be on leash, though I can’t really see why they need to be on this walk.
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