Mount Victoria Park © Jeff Hitchcock
Mount Victoria, locally abbreviated to Mt Vic, is a prominent hill to the east of the centre of Wellington and its associated suburb. To the south of it is a spur, Mount Albert, and the two are linked by a ridge. The suburb of Mount Victoria is a mixture of residential and commercial activity on the western flank of the ridge above the southern end of the Wellington CBD. Mt Vic boasts beautiful views of the city and the suburb is well populated by artisanal cafes and eateries that add to the local feel of the walk. A bonus point of interest for fanatasy fans is that Mount Victoria was the location where numerous scenes for the film version of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was shot. Note: wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes, as the climb is very steep in parts and may be unexpectedly challenging if visitors come unprepared.
Address: Lookout Road, Wellington