The Paekakariki Escarpment Walk: Wellington Day Walks

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The Paekakariki Escarpment Walk is a hiking gem of the Wellington region…if you like coastal walks this is a great Wellington Day Walk. Recently opened, it’s now part of the Te Araroa Walkway which stretches the length of New Zealand. 10 kilometre’s in distance, The Escarpment Walk runs between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay. The track traverses above State Highway 1 and the Railway Line, offering spectacular views of Kapiti Island and the Coast. Choose a fine day to do this walk as it’s quite exposed…pack some warm gear just in case the weather changes. Walking time is between 3 and 4 hours…the day I walked, young children were also on the track…its quite steep in places so I do recommend a good level of fitness.

The Escarpment Track
Walkers on The Escarpment Track

Track Description

Paekakariki Railway Station to Pukerua Bay Railway Station 10km, 3-4  hours

This can be walked in either direction…I suggest starting in Paekakariki as the climb is more gradual than walking from the other direction.

Starting on Beach Street or the Railway Station, Paekakariki…head across the railway line and follow the footpath south to the bridge approximately 600 meters. The track starts on the other side of State Highway 1, take the stairs down and under the bridge and follow the track which runs beside the railway line for about 2 kilometers, this section is relatively flat. From this point the track zig zags up stairs and climbs gently to the high point of the walk, 200 metres above sea level. Not high in hiking or mountain terms, however it’s a great place to stop…admire the view, have a bite to eat and take some photos. There’s also a water tank here where drink bottles can be refilled. The next stage descents steeply on stairs and heads south to the first footbridge. Not much further is the 2nd footbridge…from here the track winds gently through small sections of bush. The final stage follows the railway line to Muri Road. Cross the railway line and follow the footpath to State Highway 1, head south and turn left into Takutai Road and follow until you reach the Pukerua Bay Railway Station.

The Escarpment Track
The Escarpment Track
The Escarpment Track
The Escarpment Track

 

 

 

Getting there

The map below gives a great visual on how to get to the start of this walk. If traveling by car there’s parking on Beach Street, Paekakariki or at the end of Takutai Road, Pukerua Bay.

Using public transport, take the Kapiti line to either Paekakariki or Pukerua Bay. For more information on train times, check-out metlinks journey planner.

What To Take

This walk is quite exposed, so I suggest taking some warm cloths, food and drink:

    • Food and drink
    • Waterproof and windproof raincoat
    • Sturdy footwear
    • Warm clothing: thermals and fleece
    • Hat and gloves
    • Sunscreen and sunglasses
    • First Aid Kit
    • Map

Check my post on what to take hiking, with helpful links to apparel and equipment.

To print the above map, click on mapometer.com at the top of the map. The printing and PDF option at the bottom of this page will print or download the post except the map. Once you’ve clicked on mapometer, the link will take you to the printing or export option. If mapometer asks for your location decline, otherwise it will take you to your location and not the above map. This is only a guide of the route…the track is well defined and very easy to follow. The only confusing part is the start and finish, however if you follow the about information you will have no problems. Please feel free to add any comments below.

Have a great walk 🙂

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10 thoughts on “The Paekakariki Escarpment Walk: Wellington Day Walks

  1. This looks breathtaking, Hiking is something I want to get into but have no friends that want to do it, do you know of any places you can meet up with like-minded folks possibly on the internet or in person.

    Also is it free to walk this pass

    1. Hi Steven,
      Thanks for leaving a message. There are Hiking Clubs here in Wellington and I believe there are meet up groups that do walks like this. I suggest doing a search on the internet I’m sure you will find someone keen to do it, it’s a very popular walk and Yes its free 🙂

      Murray

  2. Oh My Gosh! This looks amazing, scary and so cool. I think the hight would scare me to death! But I don’t think it would hold me back from enjoying all the beauty! Thanks for sharing this amazing walk.

    1. Hi Wendy,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes is steep in places, so if you suffer with vertigo it may not be the walk for you.

      Murray

  3. Murray, I’ve always heard how beautiful New Zealand is, but this seals the deal for me. I’ve added the Paekakariki Escarpment Walk to my bucket list.

    I grew up trekking in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, which I thought were breathtaking, but I’ve never seen a suspension bridge there like the one in your picture.

    I can’t wait to read the rest of your website and I can’t wait to visit New Zealand. Thank you so much for your very informative article.

    All the best, Kevin

    1. Hi Kevin
      Thanks so much for your comments…I’ve been lucky enough to have hiked in your country and found your mountains pretty amazing…we live in a great world. Hope you found the rest my site of interest.

      Murray

  4. WOW! What a beautiful sight to behold. This is better than climbing the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall may have history but this walk will be much more memorable.

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