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Wainuiomata Valley tracks

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Wainuiomata Valley tracks

Updated 6 January 2015 1:45pm

Lees Grove, Gardiner Grove, Fraser Street, Stanley Street

The Lees Grove and Fern Gully (via Gardiner Grove) tracks wind up through mature beech forest. Both tracks join Rata Ridge and ascend to the highest point in the park at Lowry Trig (373m). A few minutes further is the Mount Lowry lookout. From here you can follow the Main Ridge Track and drop down to one of the eastern bays in Wellington Harbour.

Times are one way.

Lees Grove to:

Mount Lowry lookout 45 mins
Wainuiomata Hill lookout 2 hours
Gardiner Grove 1 hour 45 mins
Ferry Road, Days Bay 2 hours

 Fern Gully Track (via Gardiner Grove) to:

Rata Ridge Track 15 mins
Stanley Street 1 hour
Fraser Street 45 mins
Lees Grove 1 hour 45 mins
Mount Lowry lookout 1 hour
Wainuiomata Hill lookout 2 hours 15 mins

Both Zigzag (via Fraser St) and Rata Ridge (via Stanley Street) tracks wind up through regenerating bush and offer views over the Wainuiomata Valley. Extensive gorse cover is forming a nurse crop for native vegetation with manuka trees beginning to replace the gorse. The Rata Ridge Track eventually enters mature beech forest before climbing to Lowry Trig.

Zigzag Track to:

Stanley Street 1 hour
Gardiner Grove 45 mins
Lees Grove 1 hour 45 mins
Mount Lowry lookout 1 hour
Wainuiomata Hill lookout 2 hours 15 mins

Rata Ridge to:

Fraser Street 1 hour
Gardiner Grove 1 hour
Lees Grove 2 hours
Mount Lowry lookout 1 hour 15 mins
Wainuiomata Hill lookout 2 hours 30 mins