Fort Dorset

Name

Fort Dorset

Location

Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand

Overview

Short diversion off the Eastern Walkway to the remains of Fort Dorset.

Grade

Easy (except western end, which is Advanced)

Access

Foot

Description

Most of this track is easy going, consisting of an old access road and what used to be a tar and chip path (now crumbling). However, the western end is on a steep ridge with a surface that is loose and deeply rutted.

The attraction of this area is its commanding view over the entrance to Wellington Harbour. Fort Dorset was built there in 1908 to protect the harbour. Parts of the fort remain in amongst the regenerating bush.

Getting there

Western end is on Pass of Branda, directly opposite where the Eastern Walkway meets the road. The track heads straight up the steep ridge.

Eastern end meets the Eastern Walkway on Point Dorset, 20m from a pou (carved post) that marks where the palisade fort Oruaiti Pā was situated on the headland.

Other notes

As of late 2011, there are plans to redevelop the Port Dorset Recreational Reserve.

Length

0.53km

Conditions

Single track

Last modified

27 Nov 2011 by Ian

Created by

Ian

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