Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway

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Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway

Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway
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Brendon B
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions
Mar. 2022
It really was a bit of a gutbuster walk that didn't achieve the right enjoyment/exertion ratio. The 1,200 steps mean the track has a lot of 'up & down' and there is little bush (therefore little shade) and being so narrow you have to look at your feet a lot – or you'll go over the (very steep) side!

The views are good but Whitereia Park in Porirua city has better for far less effort – and you have time to look at them as you walk along! May sound cynical but ... actually seemed a bit of a tourist trap because I can't see why they went to all the effort for really other than to suck tourist $ into Paekākāriki shops.
Written 31 March 2022
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NevaBug
Wellington, New Zealand116 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Solo
I was a bit wary trekking alone, but the weather was perfect (sunny with little wind) so the track was fine underfoot but wholly heck there were spots that were pretty close to the edge. Definitely lovely for the views but I couldn’t wait to get higher up and away from the motorway. I prefer to soak up the breathtaking views in silence. I opted to go from Paekakriki to Pukerua Bay and trained back, super easy route to follow with markers along the way. Apart from the stunning views the swing bridges were a highlight, but definitely not a track for those who don’t like heights. I rated this experience ‘very good’ but I won’t be doing it again.
Written 17 March 2022
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Sally R
Sydney, Australia37 contributions
Mar. 2021
This was a great day for us as the sun was shining and winds were only light.
We started in Paekakariki , the walk is suitably challenging as described but fine.
We bought lunch at the Beach St Deli to take with us then set off.
We had a few rests and the views were endless. There are a lot of steps and narrow paths but you just have to be a bit careful.
We puffed a bit but made it to the station and caught the train from Pukera Bay back to Paekariki, I thought the train service was outstanding.
Fantastic day
Written 27 March 2021
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mdc12963
Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions
Feb. 2021
a really interesting hike up on the hill above Paekariki and pukera bay looking out towards kapiti island.
the track is good with steps in the steep parts and 2 swing bridges. the start and finish were quite easy to find and the trackwas well sign posted
Written 5 February 2021
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Kate 50
New Zealand126 contributions
Jan. 2021 • Friends
Going through the reviews I'm surprised at how the height factor has been downplayed or maybe heights aren't an issue for these people. I felt like I was in Cliffhanger or a reality show 😭

For context, I'm a fit, active 30 something who does regular HITT and F45 classes. So the fitness or length of the track isn't the issue. I do have a fear of heights, but have done many day walks around NZ and have done overnight tramping trips.

This is a very scary tramp if you have any fear of heights. If you have a moderate fear of heights in exposed places (I'm fine up in the Empire State Building or the CN Tower in Toronto in buildings), or suffer from any dizziness or vertigo with heights, do not do this walk. Around 80-90% of the walk has a steep, exposed fall where you could lose your life. Once you start there isn't anywhere to go and I had to dig deep with friends around me to get through. I won't be doing this again. I wouldn't take members of my family or the elderly there ever. Not unless the track get major upgrades, including rails and proper grit.

The track is standard NZ track, but those from Europe of North America need to be aware these aren't like your national parks tracks. The track is often narrow and the gravel can get slippery. There are no rails and I was clawing and gripping the sides of vegetation. To get down the stairs we often went on our bums. It was a huge mind game, especially when rocks where crumbling and I could hear them fall down the cliff to the cars below that looked like ants. I managed to get a photo while sweaty and gripping to the ledge, most likely white as a sheet 😅

This was the scariest thing I have done physically and is not the relaxing half day walk with decent wooden tracks and rails that I was hoping for. I wouldn't be surprised if on a windy day someone is seriously injured or loses there life with an unlucky slip. I wouldn't believe those who downplay how steep and unsafe this is.
Written 8 January 2021
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SarahNZ_12
Remuera, New Zealand174 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Family
This walk is great. So pleased to have done it.

Went south to north. Cup of tea was well received at the end.

Effort wise - going north- there are two main sets of “stairs to heaven” where the stairs appear endlessly, but otherwise the rest of the walk is fine.

Family with (willing and fit) teenagers will manage fine.

Be prepared though with sun protection and good shoes as well as warm clothes etc. The track is pretty exposed. Also take lunch and snacks and lots of water.
Written 29 December 2020
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Muzzamuzzamuzza
Wellington, New Zealand72 contributions
Jan. 2020
Dramatic views from the Paekakariki escarpment looking out to the Marlborough Sounds (on a good day) and Kapiti Island.
Written 24 October 2020
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cpcog
Wellington, New Zealand1,329 contributions
Jun. 2020
you can start the walk from Pukerua Bay station or Paekakariki station. We started from Paekakariki station and walked the entire track that is about 10km walk.
Finding the entrance is not difficult. The beginning was quite easy.

We aimed at the swing bridges and if you are having the same goal as us, I will suggest you to go from Pukerua Bay and then return. The path between Paekakaiki station to the bridge has a lot of lose stones! we saw quite a lot of slipping rocks that made me feeling super scared! I felt I would fall down with them! It is the most difficult track I have even experienced. We supposed there were some rock slip before so some ways were blocked. it is impossible to leave the track in the middle.

In general, the walk is for advanced walker who have a lot of climbing experience. Many section is steep, narrow and dangerous, some is muddy as well.
there are a lot of staircases as well. better beware all the hard parts before deciding going there. When the wind was strong, we can hardly walk down the staircases.

However, the view is breathtaking and stunning! you can see ocean, blue sky and quite a lot of sheep!!

remind you that there is no washroom in the middle. Only go if the weather is fine or the path will be too slippery.

we took about 3.5 hours for the entire track. Quite exhausting afterward.

It is too challenging for me and I might not go to this walkway again.
Written 7 June 2020
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Lucinda J
906 contributions
May 2020 • Friends
This track always delivers it’s just great with varied terrain that keeps you going. I’m scared of heights but I managed it okay
Written 29 May 2020
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kitty9874
Waikanae, New Zealand44 contributions
May 2020 • Family
Took our 10 yr old twins out today. One of us had to turn back with one of them as there were some slips on tbe narrow path and they were very scared. The other was just fine. Stunning as always, this walk always delivers.
Written 24 May 2020
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