FIND THESE STEPS: From the Awarua station, just to the right of the shelter, and from the top between 46 and 48 Fox Street, Ngaio.
A reader suggested this set of steps, and I”m very grateful. They are stunning and long.
It is a beautiful, secluded and woodsy location, with views between the trees, well maintained steps, and lots of them – 210.
If you are travelling on the Johnsonville line, don’t already know them, and have a bit of time, it is worth a stop off to enjoy them.
A fantastic view at the top looking toward Ngaio and Crofton Downs. Fox Street was named for Sir William Fox, a notable contributor to the development of Wellington and, as Ms Irving-Smith comments, “an ardent crusader for temperance.”
The Awarua Station is on the Johnsonville train line, from where you can travel either to Johnsonville or to the Wellington Train Station. The line was opened in 1938, and this station was upgraded in 2008/2009.
An undated photo of the previous Awarua station showing the huge hill behind it.
Awarua Street and Simla Crescent Railway Stations. Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: 1/2-061619-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22664201
The climb up begins just to the right of the station shelter.
A stunning stand of trees along the steps – I don’ know what sort, though.