Polhill Reserve Loop
ElevationAscent: 658' 200 m
Descent: -656' -200 m
High: 823' 251 m
Low: 191' 58 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
“A 7.3km trail and bush run in the middle of Wellington city.”— Jonathan Moulds
Features Birding · Views · Wildlife
Need to Know
- The steps that lead up to the Fenceline in Waiapu Rd (Karori Wildlife Sanctuary)
- Brosnahan Terrace in Mitchelltown
- The back of George Denton Park in Highbury Rd
- Ashton Fichett Drive in Brooklyn
- At the top of Mt Pleasant Rd.
You are now running through an open area. You'll come to a junction with a sign that says Transient; go straight ahead into the bush following directions to Brooklyn Wind Turbine.
You'll run over a bridge and two boardwalks and come out of the bush to a view of the harbor.
Continue uphill from here. You'll run along a flight of steps and then past one more intersection before you come to the intersection with the Highbury Fling. Follow Highbury Fling to the sanctuary fence line. You'll run through the bush, with a few openings to see the city and harbor.
Keep an eye out for the native birds, including tīeke, toutouwai, hihi and kākā. When you come to the Zealandia / Karori Sanctuary fence line, turn right and head down the dirt road to George Denton Park Play Area. Run across the park to where a track will take you downhill through the bush and out to Holloway Road. Turn left and run back to Aro Street where you started or try the other way round.
Flora & Fauna
History & Background
Land Manager: Department of Conservation