The Red Rocks Reserve is the perfect place to go for a Sunday stroll on a warm, sunny day. Located at just a 20 minute drive from the city of Wellington, the walkway boasts of having the most breathtaking views, with rugged volcanic ridges on one side and the calm, serene ocean on the other. One can’t miss the distinctive colour of the red rocks, which get their colour from deposits of iron oxide. The walkway is a total of around 8 kilometres each way, but at the end you’re rewarded by seeing fur seals basking in the sun!
The place is easily accessible by car and bus, and is especially popular among bikers, who come down from the city for a morning or evening ride! The total walk will take around 2 hours, if you see the seals too, so make sure you come prepared with walking shoes, water and snacks. Washroom facilities are available at the entrance of the walkway, entry to which is free of cost! So, take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city of Wellington and take a stroll in nature’s lap – just make sure you don’t scare the seals!
The Red Rocks Reserve has a fascinating geological history. It gets its name because of the fiery-coloured rocks along the sea. These rocks were formed due to underwater volcanic activity, and got their reddish colour due to iron oxide deposits on them.
The walkway extends right next to the sea on one side and rugged, volcanic ridges on the other. The area also boasts of having a large variety of native flora and fauna, the most popular of which are the fur seals! The seals can be seen in large numbers from May to October, relaxing on the rocks.