New Zealand’s own stairway to heaven
The Escarpment Track is renowned for its hundreds of steps but the spectacular views of the Kāpiti coastline and beyond make it all worthwhile
You can either take two cars and park one at either end of the track. Or, if you are leaving your car at one end, it’s an easy train ride back from Pukerua Bay to Paekākāriki, or vice versa. Train timetables are available from the Metlink website and tickets can be purchased onboard with cash.
A cut above
With family and/or friends in tow, get set for one of the region’s finest walking experiences that is part of the Te Araroa Trail, the Escarpment Track that runs from Paekākāriki to Pukerua Bay.
A short walk from the township will take you to the start of the 9km-long Escarpment Track, which follows the Kāpiti coastline and veers uphill over farmland.
Along the way you’ll climb 220 metres above sea level, scale about 1,200 steps, navigate narrow pathways across ridgelines and traverse two swing bridges.
It’s not for the faint-hearted but families and people of all ages enjoy the track, the highlight being the sweeping views of Kāpiti Island from high above.
Relax and unwind
Once you’ve caught your breath, take a short drive to nearby Raumati Beach for fish and chips from Raumati Fish Supply and head to Queen Elizabeth Park (part of the Te Ara o Whareroa trail) for a picnic at the beach.
If you still have energy, enjoy the array of short walks within the 650ha park, a walk along the pristine beach or get out the frisbee or cricket bat.
You can also journey into the past – check out the memorial where you can learn about the US Marines based there during WWII and take a ride on the historic tram that runs on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Ready to start your trail adventure? Join the Find Your Wild - Wellington Regional Trails Facebook Group, share your adventure and go in the draw to win one of five staycations around the Wellington region.