Top trails in Kāpiti

Want to escape the city and experience some of the best trails that the Wellington region has to offer? Look no further than Kāpiti.

Waikanae Trail

One of the more popular tracks within the Kāpiti region, Waikanae Trail offers something for everyone, whether that something be horse riding, biking or even taking a dip in the river to cool off – in the summer months! It’s an easy track that can be completed in small sections or all together, taking a few hours. Although flat, this trail packs a punch in scenery.

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Flat and easy Waikanae River Trail
People walking over swing bridge on Escarpment trail
Te Araroa Paekakariki Escarpment Walk swing bridge
Te Araroa Paekakariki Escarpment Walk_women walking on the swing bridge with stunning view

Escarpment Track

Get away from the city for one of the best trails Wellington has to offer. Dubbed the “Stairway to Heaven,” the Escarpment Track zigs and zags above State Highway 1 with its challenging but rewarding 1,200 steps. It offers a unique trail experience in the form of swing bridges and spectacular views of Kāpiti Island. Pack the essentials and make a day of this 9km track. Suitable for the whole family, this will be an experience to remember!

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Ōtaki River

For a relaxing stroll along a riverbank, head down to Ōtaki River where walkers, joggers and mountain bikers alike can listen to the tranquil nature sounds. Stop for a picnic with loved ones or take the dog for a wander through something different than the city streets. Although less difficult than other trails, it travels for over 5kms, so don’t underestimate this beauty!

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Otaki River riverbank and track
Kapiti Island boat Visitors arriving to the island
Kapiti Island Summit Walk walkers steps kapiti island
Kapiti Island Summit Walk Tuteremoana lookout

Kāpiti Island Summit Walk

Feel like an adventure? Head to Kāpiti Island for a day full of hiking and picnicking. Encounter some of New Zealand’s most endangered native species who live predator-free in this remote area. Tame enough to land on your shoulder, you’ll score some great selfies with the birds! The island is only accessible through official tour boat excursions that set out once a day so don’t forget to book in advance because it sells out fast!

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Te Ara O Whareroa

Just one hour from Wellington and reachable by train and car, Te Ara O Whareroa may just be your next go to on a nice day. Bordered by striking beaches and dunes, this easy trail appeals to all fitness levels and uses – from walkers and bikers to dogs. Visitors can join at multiple points along the two-hour trail such as from Wellington Road, Whareroa Beach and Raumati Beach. Grab your sunnies and soak up the sunshine!

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Couple walking trail in Queen Elizabeth Park

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