5 of the best Kāpiti Coast Winter Walks

Just because winter has arrived it doesn't mean that walks are off the cards. In fact, here on the Kāpiti Coast, it is the exact opposite. You'll see why with these trails!

Kāpiti Coast Beaches

There’s nothing like a bracing walk on a nearly deserted beach to blow out the cobwebs! Wrap up in your best winter woollies and head out for some wild therapy with the doggos. Any of the Kāpiti Coast beaches are ideal, but for solitude try: Peka Peka Beach or Waikanae Beach.

Waikanae River Trail

Sheltered from the northerly and southerly winds, the track is well-drained gravel (so good underfoot).  Grab coffee and cheese scones afterwards at Long Beach Café or Front Room Coastal Eatery. Dogs are welcome on lead.

Waikanae River Trail

Otaki River Trail

Shelter in regenerating native trees from the highway down to the estuary. Park by SH1 and walk down and back.  Make sure you leave time for a well deserved hot chocolate afterwards at Gorge Café or River Cottage Café. Dogs are welcome on lead.

Ōtaki River Trail

Want to step up the game? Try out the Ōtaki River Park Run on a Saturday morning!

Whareroa Farm

The lower walks of Whareroa Farm are a mix of regenerating bush and old bush remnants, including kohekohe groves, which flower in early winter. Follow the signs for Te Ara Ramaroa and you’ll find an ancient kohekohe glade or check out the Forest loop walk, or both! Warm-up afterwards with coffee and cake at Beach Road Deli.

Kohekohe Loop Walk


It might be a little muddy underfoot directly after rain, but you’ll be sheltered from winter winds amongst the nikau palm forest and ancient kohekohe trees which flower in June - directly from the trunks! Dogs are welcome on lead.  See if the kiddos can find the hidden Urban Hut which has been there since summer 2020/21!  Pop into Relish Café afterwards for the best ginger gems in the North Island (apparently)!

Kohekohe Loop Walk

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