And my favorite place in Wellington is…

Mount Vic!!

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Mt. Vic was one of my favorite spots from the first time I hiked around the circular Southern Walkway track that led me along the Wellington town belt.

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It’s a huge land mass filled with hiking and mountain biking trails, lush forests, views to make you weak in the knees, and a grand lookout that gives you a panoramic view of the city.

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It was also used as a filming location for The Lord of the Rings movies, what more could you ask for?

Looking for Hobbits
Looking for Hobbits

I’ve been to Mt. Vic a good dozen times and I still haven’t seen all of it. You can access the hiking trails from multiple suburbs around Wellington, that’s how big of a place it is.

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It’s clear I’m a sucker for awesome views, and since Mt. Vic is situated on a slope above the city, there are views everywhere you look.

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At the top of the Mt. Vic Lookout
At the top of the Mt. Vic Lookout

I’ve been up there during the day for birthday picnics, at sunset jumping on a handmade swing up on a big hill, and I’ve even had my fair share of nighttime adventures, one in which I injured my foot quite badly, and another where I had milkshakes and meaningful talks about life while looking out over the city lights.

Birthday Picnics
Birthday Picnics
Nighttime Adventures & Milkshakes
Nighttime Adventures & Milkshakes
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Exploring Mt. Vic at Night

It’s the place I first got to know my boyfriend on a profound level when we were still just friends, and a place we’ve gone back to many times. It also the place I plan on giving my Kiwi friends a proper American Thanksgiving picnic next weekend, complete with having them try pumpkin pie for the first time.

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I think once I leave Wellington and I’m looking back on my time here, Mt. Vic will be one of those places where a lot of my fondest memories come from.

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I seem to find myself at Mt. Vic at least once a month, so I wanted to give it a little tribute on my blog, and hopefully convey just how beautiful of a place it really is.

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Do you have a place you always go back to?

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