Waikanae to Paraparaumu (via the beach)

The walk: From the Waikanae railway station, we'll follow Te Araroa down the Waikanae River to the estuary (pictured), then along the beach (stopping at Paraparaumu Beach for lunch) as far Raumati Beach, where we'll head up the Wharemauku Stream to Paraparaumu.

Rating: Moderate walk - about 17km of walking overall, over half of which is on the beach, with the rest mostly on gravel tracks. It's flat the whole way.

Bring: The Recommended list, lunch.

Getting there: We'll meet on the station platform at Waikanae. If you're coming by train from Wellington, you'll want to get the 9.14am Kapiti line train, which is due at Waikanae at 10.14.

If you're driving, you'll want to park in the main Paraparaumu station car park, join the train to Waikanae there at 10.09, then walk back to your car! We'll start walking as soon as everyone's arrived, or at 10.20 if anyone hasn't arrived or sent a message by then (I'll send my mobile number in an email the evening before the walk).

Getting away: We should be back in Paraparaumu in time for the 3.05pm train to Wellington (arrives 4pm), or for optional post-walk refreshments at Monteiths Kapiti Junction, or somewhere in Coastlands.

Cancellation: If the weather forecast looks dodgy enough to cancel, I'll email a cancellation by 8.15am on the day.


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  • Gim Leong T.

    Very nice walk, though a bit too long.

    May 19, 2013

    • Susanne A

      Hi Gim. It was one of our longer walks, however both the time and the distance matched the description. If you'd rather do a shorter walk, some will be posted for June in the coming weeks - including the one I put up tonight!

      1 · May 19, 2013

  • Ciaran B.

    Very enjoyable walk. Thanks Steven for organising, barely needed the rain coat.

    May 19, 2013

  • Caroline Emily D.

    A most excellent walk, from the river to the estuary to the sea, with great company :-)

    May 19, 2013

  • Steven

    Thanks everyone for coming along - we were certainly rewarded by the weather!

    May 19, 2013

  • aka J.

    Thanks everyone for making this special day today even more special for me :)

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Susanne A

    Great walk - hit the weather window spot on.

    May 19, 2013

  • Shelley K

    Sorry for late notice but I'm not feeling well today and can't manage the walk. Hope it's good ant not rainy (or not too much anyway). see you on a future walk

    May 19, 2013

  • Susanne A

    Hi everyone. If at least 4 of us are taking the train from Welly, we can get discounted tickets. Sing out if you are interested and we can meet at 9 AM by the ticket window.

    May 16, 2013

    • Misa

      Please also count me in, Susanne. See you tomorrow at the ticket window. I leave my car behind this time :)

      May 18, 2013

    • Susanne A

      Great, looks like we have 4. See you all soon!

      May 19, 2013

  • Letizia

    Sorry I am cancelling because of the rain.

    May 18, 2013

    • Steven

      fair enough - I think we might actually get wet this time

      May 18, 2013

  • Marc M.

    That sounds a great idea. Thank you for organising this event

    May 14, 2013

  • Esther L.

    Unfortunately going to take people to airport

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I am unable to make it to this event now.

    May 11, 2013

  • Diane F.

    Walked along this route before - it's really pleasant. Looking forward to it :-)

    May 5, 2013

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