E-scooters are fast becoming one of the most popular ways of travelling in Wellington, and that’s no surprise considering how easy, energy-efficient, and economical it is to ride them.
So if you’re wondering where exactly you can ride e-scooters in Wellington, check out our Wellington Electric Scooter Guide below that includes a list of cool spots in and around the city.
But, before we get into those locations, let’s quickly go through the basics. We checked with the Wellington City Council to give you some answers to some common questions about e scooter rules.
Wellington E-Scooter Guide (Contents):
FAQs on E-Scooter Rules in Wellington
Where can I legally ride an electric scooter in Wellington?You can ride an electric scooter on footpaths, roadways and shared paths. Electric scooters with seats, like the ones here, can be ridden on cycle lanes and roads.
When you're riding on the footpath you need to,
- be considerate of pedestrians and take care to not put them at any risk.
- give way for pedestrians and those using mobility devices.
- ride as per the speed limit- see limits on speed for e-scooters.
On roadways, you need to ride as close as practicable to the edge of the road.
Source: Wellington City Council
Do electric scooters need to be registered?
No - If your electric scooter wheels do not exceed 355mm and the motor has a maximum power output not exceeding 300W, it’s considered by the NZ government as a low-powered vehicle. This means you can use it without registration.
Can I ride an electric scooter without a licence?
Yes - if your scooter doesn’t have wheels exceeding 355mm and a motor exceeding 300W maximum power output, you don't need to have a licence to ride it.
Do I need to wear a helmet on a scooter?
The short answer is no. According to the Wellington City Council, it is not a legal requirement to wear a helmet when you ride an electric scooter, but it is highly recommended you wear one for your safety.
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How fast can I go on an e-scooter?
A speed limit of 15km/h (about running speed) is recommended for escooters used on the footpath by the NZ Government.
Got more questions about electric scooter laws? Check out our comprehensive guide here.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER LAWS IN NZ – THE INS, THE OUTS, AND THE IDIOCY
Basics sussed. Now…
Where Can You Ride E-Scooters In Wellington?See the best places to ride electric scooters in
- Central Wellington
- North Wellington
- East Wellington
- Southeast Wellington
- South Wellington
Best places to ride e scooters in Central WellingtonWith many pedestrians in the city centre (such as Willis Street, Lambton Quay, and Courtenay Place), you’re required to ride on the road in the CBD unless it is not safe to do so otherwise.
If you end up switching to the footpath, it’s time to step up the riding focus and share with ultimate care!
It wouldn’t be right to talk about Wellington without including the lovely Oriental Parade. The seaside path is minutes away from the city centre, making it a go-to spot (especially on those warmer days).
The fresh breeze and flat surface make for a winning riding combo. Just keep in mind that, with it being a popular recreational spot, staying to the left and sticking to the speed limit is an absolute must!
Wellington Waterfront and Waitangi Park
Likewise, the neighbouring waterfront and Waitangi Park are bustling spots that make for an epic ride. Home to an array of artisan shops, dining options, and playgrounds, the area truly has FUN written all over it. So, enjoy indulging in the Welly scenes (but don’t forget to remain mindful of others while scooting about).
Best places to ride e scooters in North Wellington
Tawa Valley Pathway
The Tawa Valley shared pathway stretches from Takapu Road Station to Porirua Station. The relatively flat 2.7km paved track is ideal for a scoot.
If you’re hopping on the train during your journey, remember to follow the Metlink guidance, such as folding your scooter (if it’s compatible) before the train arrives.
Best places to ride e scooters in East Wellington
Cobham Drive Shared pathway
The Cobham 1.4km shared path provides a convenient and safe connection between East Wellington and the CBD—making the track ideal for eastern residents looking to get amongst the fresh air during their daily commute.
It's flat, next to the water, and offers enough space for all users. What more could you want in a riding spot?
Te Whiti Riser Track
Te Whiti Riser is ideal for an off-road adventure. The shared walking/cycling track offers a smooth(ish), wide path that follows a gentle gradient from Waiwhetu to the Eastern Hilltops.
With this in mind, this spot is most suited for ultra-durable scooters, such as the Kaabo Wolf Warrior (aka the Beast!). The inclines are well worth the views!
Best places to ride e scooters in Southeast Wellington
Tucked away on the Southeast side of the city centre is the charming Lyall Bay. In addition to its surf appeal, the area is ideal for a cruisy seaside scoot. The fresh air and surrounding cafes are likely to work up quite the appetite—with Maranui Cafe being a superb lunch spot!
Leonie Gill Shared Pathway
The Leonie Gill Pathway runs from Kilbirnie to Rongotai and offers connecting routes to popular spots such as Lyall Bay.
The practical path is designed for a range of users, so remember to share with care and use your bell (when needed) to alert walkers.
Best places to ride e scooters in South Wellington
Karori Park Loop Track
Although only 1km in length, this wide circuit path offers a fun, family-friendly spot. With its gravel and lime-chip surface, there might be a few little bumps during your ride (but nothing your scooter can’t handle!).
You can access the park via Karori Road or neighbouring streets.
Red Rocks Coastal Track
Another great off-road scooter adventure is the Red Rocks Coastal Track. The rugged (yet enchanting) 5.9km path follows the South Coast shoreline—offering fantastic ocean vibes.
Plus, if you’re going for a ride in winter, your journey may also include some seal-spotting as they seem to congregate here during the cooler months.
Just be sure to keep your distance and let them do their thing.
Destinations sussed. Now, it’s time to ride!
Test Ride an Electric Scooter in Wellington
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