Wellington Bays and Mt Victoria Lookout
The must do bike route
Views, cafes, innercity landmarks, history and nature. Perfect for one half day of riding. This route can be flat or you can choose to add in Mt Victoria or Maupuia to see panoramic views of Wellington harbour - experience what an electric bike is all about!
Who: Anyone who can ride a bike and wants a beautiful day out cycling in Wellington.
Where: Starts from Switched on Bikes on the Wellington waterfront, follows the water's edge with optional hills.
Time: Allow 3-4 hours including a cafe stop. Hire for a full day if you'd like to stop at attractions like Weta Cave.
What to Bring: Water bottle, phone for photos, sunscreen, extra layer of clothing for later in the day.
Things to Know: The route includes shared pedestrian pathways, on-road cycleways, and quiet low speed roads.
The Wellington bays ride includes stunning coastline, the interesting and historic inner-city waterfront area, quirky features like the wind-needle and the Wellington sign, postcard views, lots of potential variations for you to choose from, and some of the best cafes Wellington has to offer.
Depending on your taste, keep to the long, cruisy, scenic cycleways on the flat coastline, or head up either (or both?) of two fantastic hill routes for the most epic views. One of the greatest things about ebikes - the hills are a lot easier!
There’s a reason why it’s the most popular half-day ride for our customers. People who we send out here come back beaming!
Where to Go:
Pick up your bike from Switched on Bikes and head towards Te Papa Museum on the shared path for walking and cycling. Ride around to gorgeous Oriental Bay. Keep going past Point Jerningham and into Evans Bay where brightly coloured boat sheds line the coast. At Evans Bay you’ll see Wellington’s Zephrometer (giant wind needle!) Ride the coast (with the occasional plane coming in to land over your head!) to the WELLINGTON sign on the hill- the quintessential photo spot when in Wellington. From there take Shelly Bay road to the Miramar Peninsula. Shelly bay road is a scenic road and very popular Wellington bike ride. We recommend stopping at the Chocolate Fish cafe at Shelly Bay for great coffee or lunch- about 10-15min from the Wellington sign or about 1-1.5 hrs from our shop. You can keep the ride simple and return around the coast from here if you like.
For a longer ride and to experience increasingly beautiful scenery, keep riding around to Scorching Bay (great ice-cream and beach spot!) and onto Seatoun. From Seatoun take Ingles St to Breaker Bay and access more of Wellington’s South Coast for more seaside riding. This route will take you to Lyall Bay Bay where you can cut back through to Evans Bay.
Scorching Bay and Miramar Hill Loop
This is one of our favorites! From Scorching Bay you can choose to make it a round trip by turning the e-assist up to HIGH and powering up Awa Rd. You’re heart beat will increase heading up here- but you’ll be amazed at how the bikes help you. At the crest of the hill swing a right and follow Nevay Rd, which turns into Main Rd up to the top of the peninsula passing by old Mt Crawford Prison and then descend for a couple of minutes stopping at Centennial Reserve to take in probably the best panoramic view of the Wellington Bays- a lesser known spot but our #1! After taking in the view head back to the same road back down the hill and follow it all the way to the bottom. Turn right back onto the cycle path and end up close to the Wellington hillside sign.
The summit of Mt Victoria provides some of the most central and iconic views of Wellington. Returning from the peninsula, head up Maidavale Rd and follow the signs to the summit. Return the same way, but take a sharp right into Palliser Rd then follow your nose to the bottom ending up on Carlton Gore at Oriental Bay. Cross back onto the cycle path and slowly cruise the waterfront back to Switched on Bikes.
Switched on Bikes hires high-quality eBikes 7 days a week. Our easy to ride electric bikes make it easy to cover lots of ground, cruise up hills, and power through strong headwinds.