When a small group of women devoted a few weekends to walking from Pencarrow to Red Rocks, the idea of the Great Harbour Way was born. With the concept included in the manifesto of the capital's new mayor seven years later, the vision is gaining momentum. Kiran Chug reports.
Around Wellington Harbour, more than 60 kilometres of coastline encompasses wild, windswept expanses, genteel suburbs, industrial areas and rocky headlands. For a small group of Wellingtonians, it represents boundless tourism and recreation opportunities.
Since 2003, they have worked towards the development of a continuous walk and cycleway around the harbour, commissioning scoping studies and lobbying councils and government. With the election of one of the group's earliest members as the capital's mayor, the project has received a welcome boost.