January 5, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Te Araroa is a 3000-km trail stretching from Cape Reinga in the North to Bluff in the South, one of the longest walking routes in the world. 3000 km is a bit long for a day walk, therefore we'll walk a 24 km stretch of this great trail, starting in Waikanae and ending in Paekakariki.
The trail is virtually level walking for the whole 22 kms, taking in some of the Kapiti District’s icons – the Waikanae River, estuary and scientific reserve, Kapiti Island in full view from the beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the distinctive cafes and local art outlets in Paraparaumu, Raumati and Paekakariki.
Difficulty: 5/10: no steep parts but a full day walk (5-6 hrs); reasonable to good level of fitness required.
What to bring: Wind and waterproof outer, warm clothing - layers, something for lunch, water, sturdy shoes.
Time: 5-6 hours
How to get there: The train to Waikanae leaving from Wellington train station (journey time is 1 hour). At the end we'll take public transport back from Paekakariki to Wellington.