Wellington

Wellington

Pukeatua - OPEN

Northern Start
Otaki Forks, Otaki Gorge Rd
Southern End
Waikanae River Bridge, SH1
Distance
25km
Time
1 day
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Poisons & traps
  • Forestry operations
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources Only at start and finish
Description
(North to South)

Pukeatua - 14km / 6-7hr

The first part of the Pukeatua Section climbs steadily through mixed forest with grass clearings that provide sweeping views of Otaki Forks and the Tararua Range. The highest point is at Pukeatua (812m). The track then descends back down towards the Waikanae River.

The Track

From the Department of Conservation information sign, follow the Fenceline Loop Track for 700m to a marked junction to Pukeatua Track.

The Pukeatua track takes a sharp left uphill turn to a south west ridge. The track is marked with DOC orange triangles. 

Continue up-hill for about 3hr with a hard right turn just prior to exiting the bush before Pukeatua (812m) and a good lunch spot. The track skirts the scrubby tops on the eastern side to Pukeatua Summit. From the summit the track follows the south side of a westerly ridge to a saddle and then northwest down a ridge to a broad ridge and intersection. Turn right at the fork (large orange triangles) following the DOC markers and down towards the covenanted land section and pine forest. The area adjacent to the pine forest is private land covenanted with the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust to preserve native forest. Walkers are required to respect the protected area and stay on the marked track. Recent logging of the pine forest has damaged the track, and the trail marking is unclear. Follow the bulldozed logging road which is steep at times, so take care.

On reaching the stream go upstream for just 10m then left, crossing the stream on to a four-wheel drive track leading to a gate and metalled road.

Exit left and walk down the road, crossing the pedestrian bridge to the South Mangaone Road Car Park and track end.

From the car park continue down South Mangaone Road (5km) turn right into Ngatiawa Road (1km) and right into Reikiorangi Road (5km) leading to Waikanae Village.

If continuing on the next section (Kapiti Coast) after crossing the railway line and SH1 turn left and proceed south on footpath. Cross Te Moana Road (traffic lights) and down SH1 to the Waikanae River road bridge.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Waikanae

Accommodation en route
Ruth Carter offers camping at their house immediately adjacent to the DOC carpark at the end of Mangaone South Rd - contact her in advance on theoldemill@gmail.com

River Pa - 20 Reikorangi Rd -  close to Waikanae en route - P: 022 053 3618 or just turn up. Self-catering, hot shower, indoor mattress, shared kitchen. $10 koha/night.
 
Accommodation
El Rancho Holiday Park - 25 Kauri Rd, Waikanae Beach - P: 04 902 6287 
Kapiti Gateway Motel - 114 Main Rd, Waikanae - P: 04 902 5876 - E: info@kapitigateway.co.nz 
Ariki Lodge Motel - 4 Omahi St, Waikanae - P: 04 293 6072 - E: info@arikilodgemotel.co.nz 
Country Patch B&B - 18 Kea St, Waikanae - P: 04 293 5165 - E: stay@countrypatch.co.nz - 
Birdsong Cabin (B&B) - Winara Avenue, Kapiti Coast, Wellington P: 022 691 2255 
Riverstone B&B - 111 Ngatiawa Road, Waikanae - P: 06 44 293 1936 / E: eppie@ riverstone.co.nz 
Missy Sinai - P: 027 6557012 - offers a shower and place to rest up near the end of the Mangaone South track. 
 
Resupply
New World Supermarket - 5 Parata St, Waikanae - P: 04 293 3400 
Countdown Supermarket - Ngaio Rd, Waikanae - P: 04 293 5532 
 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • Forestry operations - Track may be closed occasionally
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • No vehicles
  • No bikes
  • No taking plants
  • No camping
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided Toilet at Fenceline Car Park but not at South Mangaone Road
  • Bury toilet waste well away from water
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Phone and assistance at Caretaker's house. No cell phone reception.
  • Standard Campsite close to start of track
  • Accommodation Parawai Hut 2km from track start.
  • Self-catering rural cottage on Gorge Rd, ph owner 06 364 3220 or 0274 426968 or email pipsteele@xtra.co.nz
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
  • Phone Possible cell phone coverage at Pukeatua Summit
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities In Waikanae
  • Carpark but no other amenities at South Mangaone Rd.
  • Phone No cell phone reception in car park at South Mangaone Rd.
  • Accommodation At Top South Managone Road Carpark
  • River Pa, 20 Reikorangi Rd, 1.3km from track finish at SH1 Waikanae. Self catering, hot shower, shared kitchen, WiFi internet. $10 koha/night. Ph Paul 0220533618, 042934080
Closest Town(s)
Otaki start, Waikanae end.
Managed by
Department of Conservation & Te Araroa Trust
Contact
04 296-1112
Thanks to
Mr and Mrs Carter for access through their land.
Northern Start
Otaki Forks, Otaki Gorge Rd
Southern End
Waikanae River Bridge, SH1
Distance
25km
Time
1 day
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

Pukeatua - 14km / 6-7hr

The first part of the Pukeatua Section climbs steadily through mixed forest with grass clearings that provide sweeping views of Otaki Forks and the Tararua Range. The highest point is at Pukeatua (812m). The track then descends back down towards the Waikanae River.

The Track

From the Department of Conservation information sign, follow the Fenceline Loop Track for 700m to a marked junction to Pukeatua Track.

The Pukeatua track takes a sharp left uphill turn to a south west ridge. The track is marked with DOC orange triangles. 

Continue up-hill for about 3hr with a hard right turn just prior to exiting the bush before Pukeatua (812m) and a good lunch spot. The track skirts the scrubby tops on the eastern side to Pukeatua Summit. From the summit the track follows the south side of a westerly ridge to a saddle and then northwest down a ridge to a broad ridge and intersection. Turn right at the fork (large orange triangles) following the DOC markers and down towards the covenanted land section and pine forest. The area adjacent to the pine forest is private land covenanted with the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust to preserve native forest. Walkers are required to respect the protected area and stay on the marked track. Recent logging of the pine forest has damaged the track, and the trail marking is unclear. Follow the bulldozed logging road which is steep at times, so take care.

On reaching the stream go upstream for just 10m then left, crossing the stream on to a four-wheel drive track leading to a gate and metalled road.

Exit left and walk down the road, crossing the pedestrian bridge to the South Mangaone Road Car Park and track end.

From the car park continue down South Mangaone Road (5km) turn right into Ngatiawa Road (1km) and right into Reikiorangi Road (5km) leading to Waikanae Village.

If continuing on the next section (Kapiti Coast) after crossing the railway line and SH1 turn left and proceed south on footpath. Cross Te Moana Road (traffic lights) and down SH1 to the Waikanae River road bridge.

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Poisons & traps
  • Forestry operations
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources Only at start and finish
Description
(North to South)

Pukeatua - 14km / 6-7hr

The first part of the Pukeatua Section climbs steadily through mixed forest with grass clearings that provide sweeping views of Otaki Forks and the Tararua Range. The highest point is at Pukeatua (812m). The track then descends back down towards the Waikanae River.

The Track

From the Department of Conservation information sign, follow the Fenceline Loop Track for 700m to a marked junction to Pukeatua Track.

The Pukeatua track takes a sharp left uphill turn to a south west ridge. The track is marked with DOC orange triangles. 

Continue up-hill for about 3hr with a hard right turn just prior to exiting the bush before Pukeatua (812m) and a good lunch spot. The track skirts the scrubby tops on the eastern side to Pukeatua Summit. From the summit the track follows the south side of a westerly ridge to a saddle and then northwest down a ridge to a broad ridge and intersection. Turn right at the fork (large orange triangles) following the DOC markers and down towards the covenanted land section and pine forest. The area adjacent to the pine forest is private land covenanted with the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust to preserve native forest. Walkers are required to respect the protected area and stay on the marked track. Recent logging of the pine forest has damaged the track, and the trail marking is unclear. Follow the bulldozed logging road which is steep at times, so take care.

On reaching the stream go upstream for just 10m then left, crossing the stream on to a four-wheel drive track leading to a gate and metalled road.

Exit left and walk down the road, crossing the pedestrian bridge to the South Mangaone Road Car Park and track end.

From the car park continue down South Mangaone Road (5km) turn right into Ngatiawa Road (1km) and right into Reikiorangi Road (5km) leading to Waikanae Village.

If continuing on the next section (Kapiti Coast) after crossing the railway line and SH1 turn left and proceed south on footpath. Cross Te Moana Road (traffic lights) and down SH1 to the Waikanae River road bridge.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Waikanae

Accommodation en route
Ruth Carter offers camping at their house immediately adjacent to the DOC carpark at the end of Mangaone South Rd - contact her in advance on theoldemill@gmail.com

River Pa - 20 Reikorangi Rd -  close to Waikanae en route - P: 022 053 3618 or just turn up. Self-catering, hot shower, indoor mattress, shared kitchen. $10 koha/night.
 
Accommodation
El Rancho Holiday Park - 25 Kauri Rd, Waikanae Beach - P: 04 902 6287 
Kapiti Gateway Motel - 114 Main Rd, Waikanae - P: 04 902 5876 - E: info@kapitigateway.co.nz 
Ariki Lodge Motel - 4 Omahi St, Waikanae - P: 04 293 6072 - E: info@arikilodgemotel.co.nz 
Country Patch B&B - 18 Kea St, Waikanae - P: 04 293 5165 - E: stay@countrypatch.co.nz - 
Birdsong Cabin (B&B) - Winara Avenue, Kapiti Coast, Wellington P: 022 691 2255 
Riverstone B&B - 111 Ngatiawa Road, Waikanae - P: 06 44 293 1936 / E: eppie@ riverstone.co.nz 
Missy Sinai - P: 027 6557012 - offers a shower and place to rest up near the end of the Mangaone South track. 
 
Resupply
New World Supermarket - 5 Parata St, Waikanae - P: 04 293 3400 
Countdown Supermarket - Ngaio Rd, Waikanae - P: 04 293 5532 
 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • Forestry operations - Track may be closed occasionally
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • No vehicles
  • No bikes
  • No taking plants
  • No camping
  • No fires
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided Toilet at Fenceline Car Park but not at South Mangaone Road
  • Bury toilet waste well away from water
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Phone and assistance at Caretaker's house. No cell phone reception.
  • Standard Campsite close to start of track
  • Accommodation Parawai Hut 2km from track start.
  • Self-catering rural cottage on Gorge Rd, ph owner 06 364 3220 or 0274 426968 or email pipsteele@xtra.co.nz
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
  • Phone Possible cell phone coverage at Pukeatua Summit
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities In Waikanae
  • Carpark but no other amenities at South Mangaone Rd.
  • Phone No cell phone reception in car park at South Mangaone Rd.
  • Accommodation At Top South Managone Road Carpark
  • River Pa, 20 Reikorangi Rd, 1.3km from track finish at SH1 Waikanae. Self catering, hot shower, shared kitchen, WiFi internet. $10 koha/night. Ph Paul 0220533618, 042934080
Closest Town(s)
Otaki start, Waikanae end.
Managed by
Department of Conservation & Te Araroa Trust
Contact
04 296-1112
Thanks to
Mr and Mrs Carter for access through their land.