Cycleways, walkways & bridleways
Kāpiti 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.
Kāpiti Coastal Cycle Route
25km | Suitable for: cycling, walking
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.
Kāpiti Cycle Route - Expressway
16km | Accessible. Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding
Raumati South - Peka Peka
The Raumati South to Peka Peka Shared Path is an easy ride that runs adjacent to the Kāpiti Expressway.
This undulating pathway follows wetlands as it passes by a number of townships along the Kāpiti Coast. There are plenty of opportunities to branch off into neighbourhood streets in Raumati South, Paraparaumu and Waikanae, or divert your route to the Len Southwards Car Museum instead. The trail also connects with the Waikanae River Trail and Te Ara O Whareroa.
The pathway is popular with walkers, bikers and even horse riders, although horses are not recommended on urban sections of the pathway.
Ōtaki River North Stopbank
15km | Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding
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.
9.1km | Suitable for: Walking
Take in spectacular views of Kāpiti Island from high above the Kāpiti Coastline on one of the region’s finest walking experiences.
The Escarpment Track runs from Paekākāriki to Pukerua Bay, taking in sweeping views of the spectacular Kāpiti Coastline and the region’s famous Kāpiti Island.
Wharemauku Stream Paraparaumu Loop
2km | Suitable for: cycling, walking, pram friendly
Paraparaumu, Raumati Beach
An easy path for walkers and cyclists that runs between Paraparaumu Town Centre and Raumati Beach, and connects to the Kāpiti Cycle Route - Expressway shared 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.
Parking is available by the library in Rimu Road.
Te Ara o Whareroa
6km | Accessible. Suitable for: cycling, walking
Paekākāriki - Raumati South
Te Ara o Whareroa is an easy 6km trail that traverses the dunelands of the Kāpiti Coast. The trail extends from Queen Elizabeth Park all the way through to Tilley Road in Paekākāriki. It can be joined from various locations along the way, including from Wellington Road, Whareroa Beach and Raumati South.
This popular shared route is used by locals for recreational walking and biking.
Kāpiti Island to summit
7.6km | Suitable for: Walking
Authorised operators provide transport and tours of Kapiti Island. The island is a popular destination all year round so bookings for the popular summer season need to be made well in advance. Private boats may not land at Kapiti Island Nature Reserve.
Once you arrive on the Island, the trail to the summit is clearly signposted. You’ll walk to Tuteremoana along a well-formed track with a steady uphill climb, then pass a picnic area and hihi feeding station further along. You’ll encounter Kākā, Kōkako, Takahē and Hihi, meander along scenic trails lined with dense native forest, and take in panoramic views across the Cook Strait and the Wellington region.
Waikanae Beach to Peka Peka Loop
14km | Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding
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. You can link to the Waikanae River Loop.
Take care on Paetawa and Peka Peka Roads where the footpath ends.
Waikanae River Loop
7.5km | Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding
Waikanae to Waikanae Beach via Waikanae River
Park on the north bank of the Waikanae River at the Tutere Street entrance by Waikanae Beach, take the gentle route along the north bank towards the old SH1. Come back towards the beach on the south bank, crossing the footbridge at Otaihanga Domain.
Look out for diverse bird life and swimming spots.
Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding
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 Whareroa Farm using the State Highway One underpass.
Te Horo Bridleways
10-15km | Suitable for: horse riding
North Te Horo - South Te Horo
Extensive beach riding opportunities with mounting blocks provided at the beach end of Peka Peka, Sims and Te Hapua roads. From Te Horo Beach, riders can join the Waikanae to Peka Peka Loop.