Te Kopahou Reserve
The 600+ hectare Te Kopahou Reserve is one of my favorite Wellington reserves to tramp in. One of the longest treks in the reserve is the path that ends out near Red Rocks (Pari-whero) – an ancient pillow lava formed over 200 million years ago by undersea volcanic eruptions. It’s a 4.5 km track one way so I probably should have put on more sunblock than I did….
Nonetheless it was a magnificently clear day with views all the way to the South Island. I cut through the Tawatawa Reserve and across Happy Valley Road past (the very cool must see) Carlucci Land to enter near the corner of Landfill Rd. It’s a long uphill climb sure to make your heart race a bit – even if you are in shape! Here are some of the better images from that walk.
You can get a full map of the Reserve tracks on the Wellington City Council Website.