Paekakariki escarpment


Paekakariki escarpment


Kapiti Coast, Wellington, New Zealand


Coastal walk (part of Te Araroa walkway)






The Paekakariki Escarpment track is now open. It is part of the Te Araroa walkway.

The track is from Paekakariki Station to Pukerua Bay Station. There are car parks available at both railway stations. You can either arrive at the Stations by using Public Transport or using your own transport and parking at one of the stations. At Paekakariki do not park in Ames Street and there is a 2 hour time limit on parking in Paekakariki Village itself. Park at one station, walk the track to the other station and catch a train back to your car.

From Paekakariki Station car park, walk along the platform to beach road crossing, then beside SH1 on the footpath until the road overbridge, using the stairs go under the bridge and you are now on the track proper. You do not need to cross SH1. A short way along the gravel track there is a Kohekohe loop walk Kohekohe Loop Track leading up the hill.

The first section is relatively flat following the railway line. The track has a solid gravel base and good wooden bridges. Then there is quite a steep 200 metre climb with many steps, before the track starts going along the ridge. There is no access to farmland higher up. There is a lookout point, then the track starts to descend with more steps (both down and up), and there are two swing bridges (max load of 5 persons) on the way out to Muri station. There are a couple of small sections of cool bush along the route, and excellent views of Pukerua Bay. Walk along the closed Muri station platform and go up through Muri Park and onto Sea Vista Drive, cutting through the walkway to Pukerua Bay Railway Station.

The signs state 3 - 4 hours for the one way trip, but most fit people will complete the walk in about 2 hours. It is about 10 km from railway station to railway station, and there are iron kilometre markers along the way.


View to PaekakarikiView to Paekakariki

Near Paekakariki end of trackNear Paekakariki end of track

Not far from Paekakariki end of trackNot far from Paekakariki end of track

One of the two swing bridgesOne of the two swing bridges

View to Kapiti Island (from lookout near highest part of track)View to Kapiti Island (from lookout near highest part of track)

View to Kapiti Island and Kapiti CoastView to Kapiti Island and Kapiti Coast

One of the two swing bridges and then some of the track's 1500 stepsOne of the two swing bridges and then some of the track's 1500 steps

Train coming out of a tunnel and about to go into anotherTrain coming out of a tunnel and about to go into another

View south to Pukerua BayView south to Pukerua Bay

Getting there

The nearest convenient parking area is at Paekakariki Station at the Paekakariki end, or at Pukerua railway station at the Pukerua Bay end. Walk the track then take a train back to your starting point. Note there is no eftpos available onboard the trains - cash fares only.

Other notes

No dogs or cycling on the hill climb section, and people with vertigo are warned against doing this walk. There are many steps, and both the steps and many sections of track are single file. During the weekends there are toilets, museum, teashop and book shop available at Paekakariki Station




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8 Feb 2018 by Michael Yin

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