A few eyes rolled when I suggested hiking Mount Victoria during our recent visit to Wellington, one of my favourite New Zealand cities. At 196 metres, it is taller than any natural point in Auckland, and the 360-degree views from the top are well worth the effort.
And effort it was. We were later told we had selected the most difficult path for hiking Mount Victoria. According to my Fitbit, we climbed the equivalent of 107 flights of stairs.
Our trip to Wellington was fraught with emotion. We had to go as Sarah needed an interview to get her visa. She leaves in less than 2 weeks for her year-long AFS student exchange in Argentina. With our other daughter heading off to University at the end of the week, this was it – our last family holiday together. Things will never be the same again. And we made the best of it; hiking Mount Victoria was just a small part of our adventure. More photos coming soon.
- If you don’t want to walk, the number 20 bus will take you to the top.
- There is plenty of free parking at the top, should you be in Wellington with a car.
- Just when you think you are exhausted, and can’t take another step, a jogger will breeze by as if it were flat.
- The Lord of the Rings fans will want to know that part of Mount Victoria served as the outskirts of the Shire during filming.
(There is also a Mount Victoria in Devonport, Auckland)
Does hiking Mount Victoria appeal to you, or would you take the bus? Have you been to Wellington?
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