Wellington

Wellington

Paekakariki Escarpment Track - OPEN

Alternative Track
Northern Start
Beach Rd, Paekakariki
Southern End
Pukerua Bay shops on SH1
Distance
10km
Time
3-4 hours
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources No water sources on track - take with you
  • Steep stairs - unsuitable for those with vertigo or cardio illness.
Description
(North to South)
Conditions of the agreement giving public access to the land are that no horses, dogs, bikes or motorised vehicles are permitted.
Please do not jeopardise the future of the track by ignoring these requirements. 
Keep to the track; do not walk on to farmland, or the rail tracks.

This new track from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay runs high above State Highway 1 and the railway, reaching 220 metres above sea level. There are spectacular views, and it is one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail.
Be aware that it is steep, narrow and exposed, and crosses private property.
Please keep to the marked track and DO NOT enter the rail corridor (you risk a $20,000 fine).

There are seats and interesting interpretive signs along the way but no amenities.

If section walking, please park thoughtfully - please park at the railway station NOT on Ames St.
Parking is extremely limited and the roadway is narrow.
The road is an emergency alternate SH1 route and any parking on the street makes this difficult.
Parking at the railway station is preferred for all track users.

From Beach Road in Paekakariki, turn south into Ames Street and walk to the far end, 800m.

Walk north approximately 20m over the bridge alongside SH1.

Take the stairs under the bridge and onto the Escarpment Track – DO NOT cross SH1.

Initially the track undulates and passes through groves of coastal bush. After 10 minutes there is an open area (old quarry), seating and views worth stopping for. Continue on over a small bridge and a cantilevered section of pathway around a rock face.

From here, the track is over steep terrain, and there are no handrails on the steps. Children should be supervised.
The walk should not be attempted by those without a reasonable level of fitness, or who suffer from vertigo.

Suitable footwear should be worn and carry an extra layer in case the weather turns - it can be exposed up there. 

Begin the steep ascent via steps and a zig zag path and continue up to the highest point of the track ("the Lookout"), before starting a descent down many steps. You will traverse 2 lovely sections of Kohekohe forest before another steep descent then cross 2 swing-bridges. 

The track continues beside private property and the rail corridor. Continue along the old (now closed) Muri Station and go through Muri Park and onto Sea Vista Drive, cutting through the walkway to Pukerua Bay Railway Station. 

Section walkers should park in the Pukerua Bay Railway Station carpark and enter the track from there - there is not enough room to park safely at the end of Muri Rd.

From there, cross the railway track at the safe crossing point then proceed up a slight incline to Te Motu Rd, turn right and walk right to the end where you will cross the footbridge over SH1, then once on the western side of SH1 walk south a further 250m to the start of the next section.

  

Map not available at the moment.

Extra Info

The track is over steep terrain, and there are no handrails on the steps. Children should be supervised.
The walk should not be attempted by those without a reasonable level of fitness, or who suffer from vertigo.

Suitable footwear should be worn and carry an extra layer in case the weather turns - it can be exposed up there.

Conditions of the resource consent and the agreement with Kiwirail giving public access to the land are that no horses, dogs, bikes or motorised vehicles are permitted.

Please do not jeopardise the future of the track by ignoring these requirements.
Keep to the track; do not walk on to farmland, or the rail tracks.

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • No vehicles
  • No bikes
  • No camping
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Paekakariki
  • Roadside parking only
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Phone
  • Accommodation
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
Closest Town(s)
Paekakariki
Managed by
Te Araroa Wellington Trust
Contact
Te Araroa Trust
Thanks to
Kiwirail, KCDC, PCC, funders
Alternative Track
Northern Start
Beach Rd, Paekakariki
Southern End
Pukerua Bay shops on SH1
Distance
10km
Time
3-4 hours
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)
Conditions of the agreement giving public access to the land are that no horses, dogs, bikes or motorised vehicles are permitted.
Please do not jeopardise the future of the track by ignoring these requirements. 
Keep to the track; do not walk on to farmland, or the rail tracks.

This new track from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay runs high above State Highway 1 and the railway, reaching 220 metres above sea level. There are spectacular views, and it is one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail.
Be aware that it is steep, narrow and exposed, and crosses private property.
Please keep to the marked track and DO NOT enter the rail corridor (you risk a $20,000 fine).

There are seats and interesting interpretive signs along the way but no amenities.

If section walking, please park thoughtfully - please park at the railway station NOT on Ames St.
Parking is extremely limited and the roadway is narrow.
The road is an emergency alternate SH1 route and any parking on the street makes this difficult.
Parking at the railway station is preferred for all track users.

From Beach Road in Paekakariki, turn south into Ames Street and walk to the far end, 800m.

Walk north approximately 20m over the bridge alongside SH1.

Take the stairs under the bridge and onto the Escarpment Track – DO NOT cross SH1.

Initially the track undulates and passes through groves of coastal bush. After 10 minutes there is an open area (old quarry), seating and views worth stopping for. Continue on over a small bridge and a cantilevered section of pathway around a rock face.

From here, the track is over steep terrain, and there are no handrails on the steps. Children should be supervised.
The walk should not be attempted by those without a reasonable level of fitness, or who suffer from vertigo.

Suitable footwear should be worn and carry an extra layer in case the weather turns - it can be exposed up there. 

Begin the steep ascent via steps and a zig zag path and continue up to the highest point of the track ("the Lookout"), before starting a descent down many steps. You will traverse 2 lovely sections of Kohekohe forest before another steep descent then cross 2 swing-bridges. 

The track continues beside private property and the rail corridor. Continue along the old (now closed) Muri Station and go through Muri Park and onto Sea Vista Drive, cutting through the walkway to Pukerua Bay Railway Station. 

Section walkers should park in the Pukerua Bay Railway Station carpark and enter the track from there - there is not enough room to park safely at the end of Muri Rd.

From there, cross the railway track at the safe crossing point then proceed up a slight incline to Te Motu Rd, turn right and walk right to the end where you will cross the footbridge over SH1, then once on the western side of SH1 walk south a further 250m to the start of the next section.

  

Potential Hazards
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources No water sources on track - take with you
  • Steep stairs - unsuitable for those with vertigo or cardio illness.
Description
(North to South)
Conditions of the agreement giving public access to the land are that no horses, dogs, bikes or motorised vehicles are permitted.
Please do not jeopardise the future of the track by ignoring these requirements. 
Keep to the track; do not walk on to farmland, or the rail tracks.

This new track from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay runs high above State Highway 1 and the railway, reaching 220 metres above sea level. There are spectacular views, and it is one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail.
Be aware that it is steep, narrow and exposed, and crosses private property.
Please keep to the marked track and DO NOT enter the rail corridor (you risk a $20,000 fine).

There are seats and interesting interpretive signs along the way but no amenities.

If section walking, please park thoughtfully - please park at the railway station NOT on Ames St.
Parking is extremely limited and the roadway is narrow.
The road is an emergency alternate SH1 route and any parking on the street makes this difficult.
Parking at the railway station is preferred for all track users.

From Beach Road in Paekakariki, turn south into Ames Street and walk to the far end, 800m.

Walk north approximately 20m over the bridge alongside SH1.

Take the stairs under the bridge and onto the Escarpment Track – DO NOT cross SH1.

Initially the track undulates and passes through groves of coastal bush. After 10 minutes there is an open area (old quarry), seating and views worth stopping for. Continue on over a small bridge and a cantilevered section of pathway around a rock face.

From here, the track is over steep terrain, and there are no handrails on the steps. Children should be supervised.
The walk should not be attempted by those without a reasonable level of fitness, or who suffer from vertigo.

Suitable footwear should be worn and carry an extra layer in case the weather turns - it can be exposed up there. 

Begin the steep ascent via steps and a zig zag path and continue up to the highest point of the track ("the Lookout"), before starting a descent down many steps. You will traverse 2 lovely sections of Kohekohe forest before another steep descent then cross 2 swing-bridges. 

The track continues beside private property and the rail corridor. Continue along the old (now closed) Muri Station and go through Muri Park and onto Sea Vista Drive, cutting through the walkway to Pukerua Bay Railway Station. 

Section walkers should park in the Pukerua Bay Railway Station carpark and enter the track from there - there is not enough room to park safely at the end of Muri Rd.

From there, cross the railway track at the safe crossing point then proceed up a slight incline to Te Motu Rd, turn right and walk right to the end where you will cross the footbridge over SH1, then once on the western side of SH1 walk south a further 250m to the start of the next section.

  

Map not available at the moment.

Extra Info

The track is over steep terrain, and there are no handrails on the steps. Children should be supervised.
The walk should not be attempted by those without a reasonable level of fitness, or who suffer from vertigo.

Suitable footwear should be worn and carry an extra layer in case the weather turns - it can be exposed up there.

Conditions of the resource consent and the agreement with Kiwirail giving public access to the land are that no horses, dogs, bikes or motorised vehicles are permitted.

Please do not jeopardise the future of the track by ignoring these requirements.
Keep to the track; do not walk on to farmland, or the rail tracks.

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • No vehicles
  • No bikes
  • No camping
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Paekakariki
  • Roadside parking only
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Phone
  • Accommodation
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
Closest Town(s)
Paekakariki
Managed by
Te Araroa Wellington Trust
Contact
Te Araroa Trust
Thanks to
Kiwirail, KCDC, PCC, funders