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Kapiti has an excellent network of cycling, walking and bridleway trails suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Get out and enjoy the scenery of the Kāpiti Coast with family and friends.
Short, safe, easy and fun trails for all. Download the PDF map below.
Paekākāriki to Pukerua Bay
The 'Stairway to Heaven' is a hugely popular part of New Zealand's Trail, Te Araroa. A steep, narrow and exposed 3-4 hour walk with amazing views to Kāpiti Island. Railway station access at Pukerua Bay and Paekākāriki.
Paekākāriki to Peka Peka
This sign-posted route begins at Ames Street, Paekākāriki and travels north through Queen Elizabeth Park on Te Ara o Whareroa then follows the coast roads north along parts of the Paraparaumu Explorer and Waikanae to Peka Peka Loop.
Paekākāriki - Raumati South
From Paekākāriki through the dunes of Queen Elizabeth Park to Poplar Avenue in Raumati South. There are several popular family cycle routes that link up to the Kāpiti Cycle route - Expressway.
A hillside recreation reserve offering walking, picnicking, mountain biking and horse riding, with links to the Akatarawa Forest Park via Campbell's Mill Road. Access Queen Elizabeth Park using the State Highway One underpass. Visit DoC.govt.nz for more information.
Raumati South - Peka Peka
Easy riding on the shared path beside the Expressway, with undulating paths alongside wetlands. Look out for the Heritage Trail on the way. Links easily to other routes and the railway stations at Paraparaumu and Waikanae.
Paraparaumu via Otaihanga
Park by the library in Rimu Road, ride along the Wharemauku Stream past the airport. Follow the Kāpiti Coastal Cycle Route north through Paraparaumu Beach and around to Otaihanga Domain to join the Waikanae River Loop before taking Kāpiti Cycle Route - Expressway south.
Waikanae Beach via Peka Peka
Park at the beach and follow Kāpiti Coastal Cycle route north to Peka Peka. Join the Kāpiti Cycle Route - Expressway south then follow Te Moana Road and Rauparaha Street back to Waikanae Beach. Links to the Wailanae River Loop. Take care on Paetawa and Peka Peka Road where the footpath ends.
Waikanae via Waikanae Beach
Park on the north bank of the Waikanae River at the beach, take the gentle route along the north bank towards the old State Highway 1. Come back towards the beach on the south bank, crossing the footbridge at Otaihanga Domain. Look out for diverse bird life and swimming spots.
North Te Horo - South Te Horo
Extensive beach riding opportunities with mounting blocks provided at the beach end of Peka Peka and Te Hapua roads. From Te Horo Beach, riders can join the Waikanae to Peka Peka Loop.
Ōtaki River to Ōtaki Beach
From State Highway 1 to the coast, this trail first passes a working quarry so please take care and follow the signs. East of the Highway is the 2km Chrystall's Bend walkway and lagoon. This walkway also passes through a working quarry and the route is open Monday to Friday 5pm to dusk, Saturday noon to dusk.