Yesterday we walked the new track along the hilltop between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki. It’s really beautiful: easily one of the best walks in the Wellington region. It’s also harder than most of the other popular Wellington tracks. Someone died just ahead of us on the trail, and several miserable-looking people walking the opposite direction from us stopped us to demand if there were any more uphill bits to come. There were a number of crying kids sitting on stairs half-way up cliff-sides being hectored by exasperated parents. (On the other end of the spectrum, some god-like looking shirtless dude ran past us and he wasn’t even breathing hard or sweating.)
It took us two hours, and I am moderately unfit. There are loads of good picnic spots. As we came out at about 4PM a group of people were just entering to do the walk as the sun went down, which would be awesome, although you wouldn’t want to get stuck up there when it got dark.