What are the best outdoor activities in Wellington?

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Sharon Stephenson

Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, Wellington was made for outdoor activity.

Start at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach, and take a stroll around the harbour; if you're lucky, you may chance upon seals frolicking in the water.

A walk up Mount Victoria will give you a good workout, but you'll be rewarded with spectacular views. While you're there, check out the numerous Lord of the Rings filming locations.

On the other side of town, try the visually stunning Makara Peak track. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top.

There's also ample opportunity to kayak, mountain bike, swim or run — a city with this much open space and stunning vistas demands that you lace up your sneakers and get out and enjoy it. 

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