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.

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 shared pathway was developed by Greater Wellington Regional Council and is the best way to experience the undulating duneland of 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 (and fun!) transport options for the Kāpiti Coast and will appeal to locals and visitors alike.


Te Araroa Walkway - Paekākāriki EscarpmentNga Ururoa 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. 

Remember to check the track status via the Te Araroa website before you start your walk.

There are excellent public transport connections to the trailheads.Toilets and refreshments are available at either end of the track in Paekākāriki and Pukerua Bay.  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.

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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. Walkers only. Bikes and horses are prohibited.

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  for walkers and cyclists that runs between Paraparaumu Town Centre and Raumati Beach. and connects to the M2PP Share Pathway. You can also connect to Paraparaumu Beach via the fork in the track near the end of the airport runway. Public buses connect Paraparaumu to Raumati Beach and Paraparaumu to Paraparaumu Beach, providing options for your return journey

Distance/Time: 2km  walking 45 mins - 1 hour, bike 15-25min (one way)

Highlights: Grab a picnic from the town centre and enjoy it along the way, airplane watching near the airport.

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

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

View upcoming CWB improvments via our Stride 'n' Ride Network Programme 

Understand our strategic plan for improvement by looking at our Kāpiti Cycleways, Walkways and Bridleways Strategy