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Cycleways, Walkways and Bridleways

Our network of cycleways, walkways and bridleways is currently being reviewed as part of the Town Centres and Connectors Project to improve the way we get around Kāpiti.

We are also looking at how we can improve our roads and footpaths.   

 

Te Ara o Whareroa - Queen Elizabeth Park Cycleway

Te Ara o Whareroa was officially blessed and opened at a public event on January 23 2016. This new cycleway was developed by Greater Wellington Regional Council and provides an exciting new dimension to Queen Elizabeth Park. The route provides a link between the communities of Raumati and Paekākāriki and makes it possible to avoid highway traffic when cycling between the two villages. It demonstrates a commitment to the development of healthy sustainable transport options for the Kāpiti Coast and will appeal to locals and visitors alike.

 

Te Araroa Walkway - Paekākāriki Escarpment

This new track from Paekākāriki to Pukerua Bay runs high above State Highway 1 and the railway line, reaching 220 metres above sea level. There are spectacular views, and it is one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail. 

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

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

For more information please visit the Te Araroa website.

 

Mataihuka Walkway

Access: Via Raumati Escarpment Reserve - 0.5km up Waterfall Road off SH1.

From the car park on Waterfall Road, follow the track 15mins up to the June Rowland lookout. Continue along the ridgeline to the stone cairn. Return along the same route.
Steep in places.

Distance/Time: 2km/1-1 hour 30 mins return

Highlights: Extensive coastal views, regenerating native bush.

Refer to route number 3 in our Walking and Riding Brochure.

Wharemauku Stream

Access: Rimu Road (at civic precinct). Matatua Road or Kiwi Road.

An easy path that runs between Paraparaumu Town Centre and Raumati Beach. Some sites over fences on the section to Paraparaumu Beach through airport land.

Distance/Time: 2km/45 mins

Highlights: Swarms of starlings at dusk, airplane watching and spacious rural views.

Refer to route number 4 in our Walking and Riding Brochure.

 

Waikanae River Trails

Waikanae River (North Bank)

Access: Karu Crescent, Fleetwood Grove, Nimmo Avenue West, Greenaway Road, Weggery Drive and Tutere Street.

This gentle walking track follows the north side of the river from SH1 to Te Arawai footbridge then on to the river mouth through numerous parks, reserves and private property. There are swimming spots and diverse bird life along the way. Note equestrian access is limited on north bank.

Distance/Time: 6km/2 hours 30 mins

Highlights: Bird life, restoration planting and the Otaihanga suspension bridge.

Refer to route number 10 in our Walking and Riding Brochure.

 

Waikanae River (South Bank)

Access: Otaihanga Domain, King Arthur Drive and on the south side of the SH1 bridge.

Track follows the south bank of the river through rural land and reserves. This is a popular horse trail.

Distance/Time: 4.6km/1 hour 30 mins one way.

Highlights: Resoration plantings, a peaceful stroll, cooling off in the river, the Te Arawai footbridge and Otaraua Park.

Refer to route number 9 in our Walking and Riding Brochure.

Campbell Mill Road

View from Campbell Mill Road

Access: 6km gradual hill climb along farm track to lower Mt Wanui and Akatarawa Forest.

Good views of QE Park and Kāpiti Island. Links to Whareroa Farm and Perhams Road. Caution - grazing stock.

Distance/Time: 2 hours to Whakatiki Gate.

Refer to route number 24 in our Walking and Riding Brochure

 

Hemi Matenga Reserve (DOC)

Access: Tui Crescent

A moderate 50 min climb to viewpoint at top of ridge. After this it becomes a tramping track that is only suitable for experienced trampers.

Distance/Time: 5.4km loop/3 hours 30 mins.

For more information contact D.O.C. Phone 04 296 1112 or visit DOC website.

Refer to route number 13 in our Walking and Riding Brochure.

Crystalls Bend Walkway

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 5pm until dusk. Saturday noon until dusk. Sunday and public holidays dawn until dusk.

Access: From SH1 just north of the bridge.

Distance/Time: 2km to lagoon/30 mins.

Highlights: Picturesque Chrystalls Lagoon and Waimanu Footbridge surrounded by young native bush.

For more information on this project please visit Greater Wellington Regional Council website.

Refer to route number 21 in our Walking and Riding Brochure.

Ōtaki Forks

Access: End of Ōtaki Gorge Road off SH1.

This narrow winding road gives access to short walks and three popular tramping routes including the Southern Crossing.

Highlights: Great picnic and swimming spots, overnight camping with easily accessible relics of the milling era.

For more information contact D.O.C. Phone 04 296 1112 or visit DOC website.

Refer to route number 20 in our Walking and Riding Brochure.

 

Related links

Aerial video of the Waikanae Cycleway (can only be viewed in a modern browser).

The Kāpiti Coast Walking and Riding Guide is available for download or print from our maps page

Stride n' Ride Network Programme 

Nga Haerenga - the New Zealand Cycle Trail national project

Kāpiti Cycleways, Walkways and Bridleways Strategy