Walk, Run or Bike
Kapiti has some of the most beautiful, scenic walkways in New Zealand. We are a great place to visit to relax and take time out. Checkout the walkways available for you to keep fit, relax and be healthy.
KCDC Walkway guide available HERE.
Te Araroa (Kapiti) - The Stairway to heaven
Kapiti Coast's latest walking attraction - "The stairway to heaven" (not for the faint hearted.
The Kapiti Coast's newest walking track is not to be under estimated. It packs a punishing 492 steps and one of the toughest ascents in the region. The $1.4 million custom-built track climbs ten kilometres alongside State Highway 1 between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay.
The Paekakariki Escarpment track is part of Te Araroa – New Zealand's Trail, a 3000km route stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff, which opened 2011.
Rob Wakelin, chief executive officer of Te Araroa, said walkers needed to beat a series of long steep staircases, but the stunning views of the Tasman Sea and South Island from the summit make it like a stairway to heaven.
The build has taken close to five years (started in 2011 after years of planning and fundraising). Previously walkers were forced to walk along the Centennial Highway between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay.
Wakelin said the four-hour walk offered a magnificent New Zealand track experience, including two 40-metre swing bridges and Maori archaeological sites. He said the breathtaking views would quickly make the track a popular Wellington region icon.
"I'm confident the Paekakariki Escarpment track will quickly become a must do in the Wellington region, offering something unique and unforgettable," Wakelin said.
"It's no doddle with a summit 220 metres above sea level. But it's a great place to stop, take some deep breaths and enjoy the wonder of the track's views."
Te Araroa's popularity should stimulate enterprise along the route, including accommodation, transport and other services for walkers, Wakelin said.
Walkers are encouraged to take the train or public transport to Paekakariki train station. If people do drive, they should park in the train station car park.
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