Plimmerton loop (moderate)

The walk: We'll head up Ara Harakeke from the station car park. When we get to Whenua Tapu, we'll go a few hundred metres up Airlie Road (just over the bridge over the railway line), and take the Taua Tapu track back towards Plimmerton. At the end of Taua Tapu, we'll go down The Track for a bit, then turn onto the track that goes steeply down through the reserve to Reserve Road. Finally, we'll turn left when we reach the shore and head back round to the station.

There's only about 8-9km of walking, but the first bit of Taua Tapu goes up quite steeply, then the track through the reserve goes down very steeply and slippery in places. And the first couple of kms up Ara Harakeke are quite noisy next to State Highway One. We should be back to Plimmerton station in time for the 4.01pm train to Wellington, or for optional refreshments somewhere in Plimmerton (suggestions welcome).

Getting there: The train that leaves Wellington at 1.14pm is due at Plimmerton at 1.43pm - go through the underpass at the north end of the platform and turn right in the underpass to get to the car park. If you're driving, turn left at the roundabout after coming through Mana, head towards Palmers Garden World, and turn right over a little bridge into the car park.

Bring: The Recommended list. Sturdy footwear recommended.

Cancellation: Will only cancel if conditions would be hazardous, and will advise by mid-morning if this is the case.

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  • Susan C

    Thanks Steven and for the photos. Particularly like the one from sea level looking out to Mana Island. Really glad to know this route and especially getting up high above Plimmerton, will be doing that again for sure.

    September 15, 2013

  • Susan C

    Great walk

    September 15, 2013

  • Susan

    Enjoyed the variety on this walk - the flax/wetlands reserve, farm crossing complete with sheep, goats, horses and dogs of all sizes, gorgeous views of Porirua Harbour, the Pauatahanui inlet, across to Mana and the South Island and then a lovely bush walk section and finishing along the Plimmerton coast. Thanks for organising this Steven and coming out when you weren't feeling well.

    September 15, 2013

  • Steven

    Thanks for coming along everyone - lovely day for a bit of a walk.

    September 14, 2013

  • Helen L.

    I'm not feeling well after a walk this morning. Sorry I could not come Steven. Catch you next time

    September 14, 2013

  • Caroline Emily D.

    Hi Steven, not going to make it today, sorry about the short notice. Need to be on hand for a young friend who may need my help this afternoon. Catch you next time.

    September 14, 2013

  • Ciaran B.

    Sorry Steven I won't be able to make this walk, I hope someone on the waiting list takes my spot at this late notice. It is a spectacular day to be outside enjoy the walk.

    September 14, 2013

  • Kaaryn C.

    Sadly, I'm not up to it after a week of unwellness.....enjoy!

    September 14, 2013

  • Raffaella F.

    I'll come by train

    September 14, 2013

  • Helen L.

    Anyone driving there tomorrow passing by the cbd or the railway station?

    September 13, 2013

    • Steven

      Please let me know if you are intending to come so that I can add you to the RSVPs beforehand.

      September 13, 2013

    • Helen L.

      Tks Steven. I love to join. I'll finish the Otari wilton bush in the morning at 12.30pm. Hope I can make my way to plimmerton.

      September 13, 2013

  • Kaaryn C.

    I'm keen but have been laid up all week with a yucky throat thingy....is it ok to let you know tomorrow or simply join up? I'll make my own way by car.

    September 13, 2013

    • Steven

      I was just about to send the email with my contact details - I'll add you now so that you'll get that - if you can't make it, just pull out tomorrow and let me know. (I've not been well all week either, so will be taking it gently tomorrow.)

      September 13, 2013

  • Heidi G.

    Hi there, can I bring my partner? Looking forward to this walk. Cheers Heidi.

    September 10, 2013

    • Heidi G.

      Thanks, will I get a notification even if I didn't add a plus one initially?

      September 10, 2013

    • Steven

      I'll get updated of any changes to RSVP's - will send you a message next time there's a space.

      September 10, 2013

  • Troy F

    thanks, look forward to it

    August 14, 2013

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