Red Rocks Coastal Walk

Free experience
Red Rocks Coastal Walk

What you can expect

An exciting half-day adventure, the Red Rocks Coastal Walk located on Te Kopahou Reserve is an enjoyable 30 to 40 minute trail along the coast. Formed 200 million years ago, the red rocks on the bay are a result of an underwater volcanic eruption. The walking trail is a relatively easy journey from Owhiro Bay to Sinclair Head where, during the months of May to October, you can watch locals New Zealand Fur Seal colonies sunning themselves on the rocks. Combining beautiful scenery with impressive wildlife, the Red Rock Coastal Walk is an ideal journey for visitors to the Wellington region. Along the trail are various other points of interest include historic gun emplacements and lookouts that were built during the major wars back in the 1900's, these stopping points offer walkers incredible views over the bay. Be sure to bring your camera for this scenic trail, which can be reached within a short drive from Wellington.


What you need to know

  • Facilities
  • Te Kopahou Visitor Centre
  • Car parking
  • Toilets and change facilities at the Te Kopahou Visitor Centre
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Public bus services to Owhiro Bay on weekdays
Historic million year old rocks
30 to 40 minute scenic walk
Local NZ Fur Seal colony from May to October
Around a 20 minute drive from Wellington
Relatively easy grade walking trail
Free entry + free parking
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