FIND THESE STEPS – At 38 Rangiora Avenue and at the top at 102 Amritsar Street, in Khandallah.
Hidden away, and a little out of the way, these steps hold the distinction for having the most steps – 473, and a grand view of the Wellington Harbour along the way. A series of zigzags at first, then several levels of straight-ahead steps.
Khandallah features plenty of streets named for cities in India, and Armistar is a city in Punjab, near Pakistan.
About half way, two mail boxes. Imagine the stamina of the postie assigned to these deliveries.
Incredibly, Wellington City Council looks after these steps, and the repairs are impressive.
Find these steps – Brilliantly, Google Maps lists these steps independently – ‘The Maida Vale – Grafton Rd. STAIRS’. At the top, go to 89 – 95 Grafton Rd, and from the bottom, between 114 and 118 Maida Vale Rd.
The Maida Vale steps are famous among the people who admire Wellington steps – they are among the most steep in the city, and have a loyal following among those who use them as a sport and for fitness. The steps are a great short cut to the Balaena Bay beach.
Maida Vale is named for the west London district, which itself is named for a pub, The Maida, which, according to Wikipedia, was itself named after ‘General Sir John Stuart, who was made Count of Maida by King Ferdinand IV of Naples and III of Sicily, after the Battle of Maida in 1806.’
But back to the Wellington steps – There are 365 steps, so plan accordingly. There are several twists and stops which are great lookout spots, and the bush is restful and usually quiet.
They are listed in ‘Map My Walk’ website as having a total ascent of 118.88m, with a maximum elevation of 111.44m. and Living Streets Aotearoa often organises a spring clean for them.
The view from the top – looking at Evans Bay.
The the electric lines only hint at the steepness of the steps, climbing the steps brings the experience home.