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Walking tracks

Walking tracks

Updated 9 April 2015 12:23pm

Te Ara o Tipapa (Wetlands walk)


  • Easy
  • 45 minutes

A walk on a grassy track over low hills alongside several of the park's peat wetland areas. It starts near the ranger's office and runs through the newly improved MacKay's Crossing wetlands. You then cross low dunes to the ephemeral wetlands, site of Arbor Day plantings since 2001. Explore the wetlands or continue to the bush remnant, the only piece of original kahikatea forest remaining on the Kapiti Coast. You can follow a shady track through the remnant or walk on by for good views over the equestrian paddock and back to the park entrance. Further on you walk through the "Marines" wetland, first planted in 2003, and then past the memorial commemorating the camps established here during World War II.

Whareroa Stream

  • Easy
  • 1 hour

The track follows Whareroa Stream through farmland to the rolling sandhills of the northern Inland Track. Along the track you will see a number of native re-vegetation plantings. Turn left into the northern Inland Track and do the loop walk back to MacKays Crossing via Whareroa Road.

Coastal Track

  • Easy
  • 2 hours return

This gently graded walk follows the seaward dunes from the Pickle Pot at  Paekakariki to Raumati South with another main entry point at Whareroa Beach. There are great views out to Kapiti Island and into the surrounding park. Marked accessways link to the beach and the Inland Track

Inland Track

  • Easy
  • 3 hours return

Almost parallel to the Coastal Track but with more shelter, the Inland Track winds through rolling sand dunes and regenerating coastal vegetation. From the Paekakariki information kiosk, walk inland along the Wainui Stream and up past the urupa (Maori burial site).

Yankee Trail

  • Easy to moderate
  • 90 minutes return

Retrace the steps of the US Marines who used this track to walk between Camp MacKay and Paekakariki in 1942 and 1943. A sheltered, undulating track that also provides access to the southern branch of the Inland Track, it is an easy to intermediate mountain bike ride