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QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK

  • Access from Wellington Road Paekakariki, McKay's Crossing off State Highway One and The Esplanade at Raumati South Extending from Paekakariki to Raumati South. Farmland and sand dunes with walking tracks along its entire length: Whareroa Stream Walk, Greg's Track, Coastal Walk (southward) and Inland Track (Yankee Trail).

WATER TOWER WALK

  • Access from park in Kaitawa Crescent. Up hillside and half kilometre along stream. Further access from the back of Big Save Furniture - walk through the pines. Good views of Paraparaumu.

OUR LADY OF LORDES

  • Access from Tongariro St, Paraparaumu. 10 minute bush walk passing "Stations of the Cross" and lookout over Paraparaumu.

MATAIHUKA TRACK

  • Entrance is from the carpark on Waterfall Road at the southern end of the track. An area of 64 acres which contains stands of endangered Kohekohe and many other native tree species. The walk is 2 hours return with wonderful views. Please respect private property and observe the signs.

MAUNGAKOTUKUTUKU VALLEY

  • Via Valley Road, Paraparaumu. Wonderful views from the top of the hill. Bush, stream and open country with tracks on the Eastern side. Track routes through bush. The walk on Mt Maunganui Track is 4 to 5 hours return. Please respect private property and observe the signs.

NIKAU RESERVE

  • Half a kilometre north of Paraparaumu on State Highway One. The walk is a 2km round trip. Unique stand of Nikau Palms, native flora and fauna. Lookout with extensive view of the Kapiti Coast. A steep 20 minute walk.

WAIKANAE RIVER - South Bank

  • Turn northwest of State Highway One at Otaihanga Rd. Turn right at Ratanui Rd intersection into Otaihanga and then right into Makora Rd. Access is at the Otaihanga Domain.

WAIKANAE RIVER - North Bank - Karu Reserve

  • Entrance from State Highway One, next to Waikanae Bridge and also at Edgewater Park off Nimmo Ave West. (There are also other entrances). Path follows the river through native trees. A pleasant walk of approximately 30 minutes.

BEACH WALKING

  • Great walking along the beaches from Paekakariki in the south to Otaki in the north between the rivers. Sand dunes, golden sands, driftwood, pebbles and lots of shells - according to the seasons.

OTHERS

  • Mangaone and Hemi Matenga tracks and Otaki Forks, which are maintained by DOC. These walks are of various lengths and have areas that are more challenging. Walks vary from 20 minutes to 5 - 6 hours. Refer to DOC brochures at 50 cents each.

For more detail on some of these walks, refer to the Kapiti Coast Walks Book available at Visitor Information Centres:
Kapiti Coast (06) 364 7620
Paraparaumu (04) 298 8159

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