Wellington Hills: Tip Track - Red Rocks
ElevationAscent: 1,591' 485 m
Descent: -1,590' -485 m
High: 1,340' 408 m
Low: 8' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A hilly trail with stunning coastal views and a stretch on the beach.”— Kay Steinkamp
After another 1.5 km, you'll find the entrance of the Tip Track (an old 4WD track) on your left, marked with a barrier. The track is steep but manageable all the way, winding up through bushy hills, some of which still showing signs of a summer bush fire a few years ago.
Shortly before reaching the end of the Tip Track, in sight of the radar dome on Hawkins Hill, turn left onto the Red Rocks Track - Pari-Whero that follows the top of the ridgeline towards the ocean. Soak in those views - from here the trail is pure joy! It is still hilly, but on average descending. After coming down to the beach, turn left onto the Sinclair Head Track and follow the beach until you get back to the carpark.
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Land Manager: Wellington City Council