Wellington

Wellington

Kapiti Coast - OPEN

Northern Start
Waikanae River Bridge, SH1
Southern End
Beach Rd, Paekakariki
Distance
22km
Time
6-7hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide . Will need to walk along road in certain conditions
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Do not be tempted to take a short cut through the Waikanae Estuary, the sand can be very soft and dangerous at low tide
Description
(North to South)

An easy day’s walking after the rigours of Tararua tramping! The trail is virtually level walking for the whole 22km, taking in some of the Kapiti District’s icons – the Waikanae River, an estuary and scientific reserve, Kapiti Island in full view from the beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the distinctive cafes and local art outlets in Paraparaumu, Raumati and Paekakariki.


Waikanae River - 4.5km / 1¼hr

From the Waikanae Bridge take track down river on the true right bank (north).
Follow main track downstream for 4.5km. Pass a footbridge over the river and continue under the expressway. Cross the second footbridge towards the Otaihanga Domain.


Otaihanga,  Estuary & Scientific Reserve - 2.5km / ½hr


Exit bridge into Otaihanga Domain.
Immediately turn sharp right on river side of toilets.
Follow the true left bank (south side).
After 500m veer left to boardwalk and track through the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve.
Ignore side tracks.  After 15min join an older section of  the Reserve Track that exits on to Manly Street. 
Turn right and follow grass verge for 5min skirting the lagoons.
Just before the houses, turn right, leaving the verge to enter another section of the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve.
Follow boardwalks over swamp, sand dunes and on to beach.


Paraparaumu Beach to Raumati South - 8.5km / 3hr

At beach turn left (south) by yellow Marine Reserve triangles.
Weather and tide permitting keep on beach heading south for 8km.
Walking along the beach is safe and accessible right to Queen Elizabeth Park except in extreme high tides; in which case use local roads running parallel with beach. All major streams are bridged.
When near to high-rise apartments, you can divert to cafes at the boat launch area.
At the end of Raumati South Beach, turn inland through piles of driftwood where you see a triangular "Total Fire Ban" sign. Continue for a short distance then turn right on to the Coastal Track. 

 
Queen Elizabeth Park - 3.5km / 1½hr

Follow undulating Coastal Track - the one nearest to the sea - for about 1.5km to picnic and toilet area.
Turn left (inland) onto sealed road for 100m.
Turn right at next road intersection and follow along another 100m before rejoining the coastal track.

August 2018, the Coastal Track at Raumati South is closed due to coastal erosion.The alternatives are to continue along the beach at low tide, continue on the Coastal Track at your own risk, or use the alternative Inland Track. Follow a track uphill to the north briefly, this soon joins up with the Inland Track. Head along this, down a hill and join a major sealed track. Turn right (south) and a short distance along turn right onto a small track signposted "Coastal Track 900 metres". This takes you back on to the Coastal Track - continue as above.

At end of Coastal Track cross the small Wainui Stream and continue along beach until you see a large building, the Surf Life Saving Club, on your left. A little way past this, head up onto the north end of The Parade. An alternative is to use the road bridge 100m upstream and cross a field on the right to the Surf Life Saving Club.


Paekakariki - 2km / ½hr


Continue along The Parade for 1.7km then turn left into Beach Road, Paekakariki's main street.
Cross over the pedestrian crossing to the right-hand side of the road and head past the shops toward the railway lines.

 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Paraparaumu & Paekakariki

 
Getting to/from the track
The track starts and finishes on State Highway 1 so care needs to be taken if being dropped off by car, but there are suitable parking areas at both ends. 

A regular train service from Wellington to Waikanae (The Kapiti Line), stops at Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekakariki.  

Paraparaumu Accommodation
Barnacles Seaside Inn BBH, 3 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach - P: 04 9025856 E: barnacles@clear.net.nz

Marie Bismarck is a "Trail Angel" living near the Trail at Paraparaumu Beach and offers camping, water, shower for Te Araroa walkers. E: mariebismarck@gmail.com

Raumati South Accommodation
Ken Fraser is a “Trail Angel” located 100m from the beach on the northern edge of Queen Elizabeth Park, and offers good camping, toilet and shower. Shops and supermarket handy. P: 04 905 3714

Paekakariki Accommodation
Paekakariki Holiday Park - 180 Wellington Rd, Paekakariki - P: 04 292 8292 
Belvedere Motel - Cnr Paekakariki Hill Rd and SH1 - P: 04 292 8478 - E: belvedere.motel@xtra.co.nz
Finn’s Hotel - 2 Beach Rd, Paekakariki - P: 04 292 8081 - E: finnskapiti@xtra.co.nz
Paekakariki Beachfront B&B - 136 The Parade, Paekakariki - P: 04 905 8595 - E: info@paekakarikibnb.co.nz

Jacinta Rose would love to host walkers, offering a hot shower, a please to pitch your tent and place to cook - they have a house right on the trail - please free to contact her on 027 605 8311 - the bonus is there is no cost!!

Resupply
Paekakariki Village Grocery Store - 11 Beach Rd, Paekakariki Village - P: 04 292 8020 - open 7 days

 

 

Requirements
  • Respect private land
  • Dogs on leash only
  • No taking plants
  • No camping Camp grounds at Waikanae & Paekakariki
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
  • Wildlife Sanctuary - Avoid dune nesting sites; no dogs allowed
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities In Waikanae
  • Roadside parking only
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Full range of amenities Paraparaumu & Raumati Beach
  • Toilets Waikanae River- Edgewater Reserve, Otaihanga Domain, village shopping areas & Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Serviced Campsite Paekakariki in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Accommodation YHA Paraparaumu - see above
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities Paekakariki
  • Serviced Campsite Paekakariki - south end of Queen Elizabeth Park
Closest Town(s)
Waikanae, Paraparumu & Paekakariki
Managed by
Kapiti District Council
Northern Start
Waikanae River Bridge, SH1
Southern End
Beach Rd, Paekakariki
Distance
22km
Time
6-7hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

An easy day’s walking after the rigours of Tararua tramping! The trail is virtually level walking for the whole 22km, taking in some of the Kapiti District’s icons – the Waikanae River, an estuary and scientific reserve, Kapiti Island in full view from the beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the distinctive cafes and local art outlets in Paraparaumu, Raumati and Paekakariki.


Waikanae River - 4.5km / 1¼hr

From the Waikanae Bridge take track down river on the true right bank (north).
Follow main track downstream for 4.5km. Pass a footbridge over the river and continue under the expressway. Cross the second footbridge towards the Otaihanga Domain.


Otaihanga,  Estuary & Scientific Reserve - 2.5km / ½hr


Exit bridge into Otaihanga Domain.
Immediately turn sharp right on river side of toilets.
Follow the true left bank (south side).
After 500m veer left to boardwalk and track through the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve.
Ignore side tracks.  After 15min join an older section of  the Reserve Track that exits on to Manly Street. 
Turn right and follow grass verge for 5min skirting the lagoons.
Just before the houses, turn right, leaving the verge to enter another section of the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve.
Follow boardwalks over swamp, sand dunes and on to beach.


Paraparaumu Beach to Raumati South - 8.5km / 3hr

At beach turn left (south) by yellow Marine Reserve triangles.
Weather and tide permitting keep on beach heading south for 8km.
Walking along the beach is safe and accessible right to Queen Elizabeth Park except in extreme high tides; in which case use local roads running parallel with beach. All major streams are bridged.
When near to high-rise apartments, you can divert to cafes at the boat launch area.
At the end of Raumati South Beach, turn inland through piles of driftwood where you see a triangular "Total Fire Ban" sign. Continue for a short distance then turn right on to the Coastal Track. 

 
Queen Elizabeth Park - 3.5km / 1½hr

Follow undulating Coastal Track - the one nearest to the sea - for about 1.5km to picnic and toilet area.
Turn left (inland) onto sealed road for 100m.
Turn right at next road intersection and follow along another 100m before rejoining the coastal track.

August 2018, the Coastal Track at Raumati South is closed due to coastal erosion.The alternatives are to continue along the beach at low tide, continue on the Coastal Track at your own risk, or use the alternative Inland Track. Follow a track uphill to the north briefly, this soon joins up with the Inland Track. Head along this, down a hill and join a major sealed track. Turn right (south) and a short distance along turn right onto a small track signposted "Coastal Track 900 metres". This takes you back on to the Coastal Track - continue as above.

At end of Coastal Track cross the small Wainui Stream and continue along beach until you see a large building, the Surf Life Saving Club, on your left. A little way past this, head up onto the north end of The Parade. An alternative is to use the road bridge 100m upstream and cross a field on the right to the Surf Life Saving Club.


Paekakariki - 2km / ½hr


Continue along The Parade for 1.7km then turn left into Beach Road, Paekakariki's main street.
Cross over the pedestrian crossing to the right-hand side of the road and head past the shops toward the railway lines.

 

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide . Will need to walk along road in certain conditions
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Do not be tempted to take a short cut through the Waikanae Estuary, the sand can be very soft and dangerous at low tide
Description
(North to South)

An easy day’s walking after the rigours of Tararua tramping! The trail is virtually level walking for the whole 22km, taking in some of the Kapiti District’s icons – the Waikanae River, an estuary and scientific reserve, Kapiti Island in full view from the beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the distinctive cafes and local art outlets in Paraparaumu, Raumati and Paekakariki.


Waikanae River - 4.5km / 1¼hr

From the Waikanae Bridge take track down river on the true right bank (north).
Follow main track downstream for 4.5km. Pass a footbridge over the river and continue under the expressway. Cross the second footbridge towards the Otaihanga Domain.


Otaihanga,  Estuary & Scientific Reserve - 2.5km / ½hr


Exit bridge into Otaihanga Domain.
Immediately turn sharp right on river side of toilets.
Follow the true left bank (south side).
After 500m veer left to boardwalk and track through the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve.
Ignore side tracks.  After 15min join an older section of  the Reserve Track that exits on to Manly Street. 
Turn right and follow grass verge for 5min skirting the lagoons.
Just before the houses, turn right, leaving the verge to enter another section of the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve.
Follow boardwalks over swamp, sand dunes and on to beach.


Paraparaumu Beach to Raumati South - 8.5km / 3hr

At beach turn left (south) by yellow Marine Reserve triangles.
Weather and tide permitting keep on beach heading south for 8km.
Walking along the beach is safe and accessible right to Queen Elizabeth Park except in extreme high tides; in which case use local roads running parallel with beach. All major streams are bridged.
When near to high-rise apartments, you can divert to cafes at the boat launch area.
At the end of Raumati South Beach, turn inland through piles of driftwood where you see a triangular "Total Fire Ban" sign. Continue for a short distance then turn right on to the Coastal Track. 

 
Queen Elizabeth Park - 3.5km / 1½hr

Follow undulating Coastal Track - the one nearest to the sea - for about 1.5km to picnic and toilet area.
Turn left (inland) onto sealed road for 100m.
Turn right at next road intersection and follow along another 100m before rejoining the coastal track.

August 2018, the Coastal Track at Raumati South is closed due to coastal erosion.The alternatives are to continue along the beach at low tide, continue on the Coastal Track at your own risk, or use the alternative Inland Track. Follow a track uphill to the north briefly, this soon joins up with the Inland Track. Head along this, down a hill and join a major sealed track. Turn right (south) and a short distance along turn right onto a small track signposted "Coastal Track 900 metres". This takes you back on to the Coastal Track - continue as above.

At end of Coastal Track cross the small Wainui Stream and continue along beach until you see a large building, the Surf Life Saving Club, on your left. A little way past this, head up onto the north end of The Parade. An alternative is to use the road bridge 100m upstream and cross a field on the right to the Surf Life Saving Club.


Paekakariki - 2km / ½hr


Continue along The Parade for 1.7km then turn left into Beach Road, Paekakariki's main street.
Cross over the pedestrian crossing to the right-hand side of the road and head past the shops toward the railway lines.

 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Paraparaumu & Paekakariki

 
Getting to/from the track
The track starts and finishes on State Highway 1 so care needs to be taken if being dropped off by car, but there are suitable parking areas at both ends. 

A regular train service from Wellington to Waikanae (The Kapiti Line), stops at Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekakariki.  

Paraparaumu Accommodation
Barnacles Seaside Inn BBH, 3 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach - P: 04 9025856 E: barnacles@clear.net.nz

Marie Bismarck is a "Trail Angel" living near the Trail at Paraparaumu Beach and offers camping, water, shower for Te Araroa walkers. E: mariebismarck@gmail.com

Raumati South Accommodation
Ken Fraser is a “Trail Angel” located 100m from the beach on the northern edge of Queen Elizabeth Park, and offers good camping, toilet and shower. Shops and supermarket handy. P: 04 905 3714

Paekakariki Accommodation
Paekakariki Holiday Park - 180 Wellington Rd, Paekakariki - P: 04 292 8292 
Belvedere Motel - Cnr Paekakariki Hill Rd and SH1 - P: 04 292 8478 - E: belvedere.motel@xtra.co.nz
Finn’s Hotel - 2 Beach Rd, Paekakariki - P: 04 292 8081 - E: finnskapiti@xtra.co.nz
Paekakariki Beachfront B&B - 136 The Parade, Paekakariki - P: 04 905 8595 - E: info@paekakarikibnb.co.nz

Jacinta Rose would love to host walkers, offering a hot shower, a please to pitch your tent and place to cook - they have a house right on the trail - please free to contact her on 027 605 8311 - the bonus is there is no cost!!

Resupply
Paekakariki Village Grocery Store - 11 Beach Rd, Paekakariki Village - P: 04 292 8020 - open 7 days

 

 

Requirements
  • Respect private land
  • Dogs on leash only
  • No taking plants
  • No camping Camp grounds at Waikanae & Paekakariki
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
  • Wildlife Sanctuary - Avoid dune nesting sites; no dogs allowed
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities In Waikanae
  • Roadside parking only
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Full range of amenities Paraparaumu & Raumati Beach
  • Toilets Waikanae River- Edgewater Reserve, Otaihanga Domain, village shopping areas & Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Serviced Campsite Paekakariki in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Accommodation YHA Paraparaumu - see above
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities Paekakariki
  • Serviced Campsite Paekakariki - south end of Queen Elizabeth Park
Closest Town(s)
Waikanae, Paraparumu & Paekakariki
Managed by
Kapiti District Council