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.

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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.

Kāpiti Cycle Route - Expressway

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.

Chrystalls Walkway and stopbank information leaflet

Otaki River Trail

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Escarpment Track

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.

Te Araroa Escarpment Track notes

Paekākāriki escarpment track

Wharemauku Stream Paraparaumu

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.

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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.


Te Ara o Whareroa trail

Kapiti 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.

Kapiti Island walks

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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.

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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.

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Whareroa Farm

Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding

Near Paekākāriki

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.

Whareroa Farm tracks

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.

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PNP MTB Spring Series Round Two - Whareroa Farm

Whareroa Farm Reserve, Opposite Mackays Crossing entrance to Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki

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The Spring Series is back in 2020! Come out and try the great Kapiti Coast trails. Courses for Under 11s to Masters 4 (Over 60's)

Programme summary

8:30 – 9:30am Registrations

10:00am Race starts in waves

12:30pm Prize giving

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Shared pathway information


  • Give way to walkers, use a bell or a friendly greeting when approaching other shared pathway users (especially horses) to let them know you are there
  • Be patient behind walkers or slower riders and pull over where practical to let faster riders pass
  • Ride only where permitted; keep off closed tracks or private land
  • When cycling on the road, follow the road rules. Don't cycle more that two abreast, signal your intentions clearly and stop for red lights and pedestrian crossings


  • Keep to the left on shared pathways, try not to walk more than two abreast, especially if the path is busy with cyclists or horse riders
  • Be aware of other shared pathway users, and step aside to let other users of faster walkers pass

Horse Riders

  • Share with care
  • Horse riding is allowed on any of the Kāpiti beaches, but restrictions apply to areas near town centres and popular bathing or boat launching areas in summer
  • Do not ride along State Highway 1
  • Take care using rural road berms
  • Tracks are on road berms except beach and expressway
  • Please remove manure on shared paths

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