Red Rocks Track - Pari-Whero
ElevationAscent: 479' 146 m
Descent: -1,515' -462 m
High: 1,450' 442 m
Low: 44' 13 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)
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“An exposed trail following a ridgeline in the hills with huge views over Cook Strait.”— Kay Steinkamp
It is possible to hike the track in reverse, though hiking it southwards makes the most of the stunning ocean views you'll be treated with.
The last section offers a choice to either follow the original Red Rocks Track, or turn right and follow a new section built in 2010. This new section avoids the very steep, and deteriorating, original descent to the shore.
The track is named after an area of red colored pillow lava rocks along the coast. The rocks contain small amounts of iron oxide, which gives them their distinctive color. They can be seen at the end of the track after turning left onto the Sinclair Head Track for a few minutes.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: Wellington City Council