Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway

Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway

Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway
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Brenda F
Peka Peka, New Zealand25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I was very hesitant to do this walk after reading previous reviews. I have a visual impairment and balance issues (after a brain bleed) and usually I have vertigo too. I'm 57 years old, so was attempting this with a lot of trepidation and the promise of turning back if it was all too much.
We chose a perfect autumn day with clear skies and no wind. Top tip - these are the only conditions to do the walk. There are a lot of steps and I found with my visual impairment, this would have been impossible without the patience of my husband and my trusty hiking poles, as there are no hand rails. The path is very narrow in some places but it wasn't unbearable, even with all my balance issues. The swing bridges were no issue at all. It seemed to take ages at the end of the track to get to the train station, but it's all flat. I have to admit I won't be hurrying back to do it again, but certainly glad I took the challenge.
Written 30 May 2024
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Sherpa28489873423
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
They said not to take this track lightly, but I thought, oh well, I recently walked the Heaphy and survived that, this can’t be too bad. I am 81. The walk from the road at Paekākāriki, through forest and birdsong toward the track proper was lovely, pleasant and shaded. When we reached the first set of steps is when I was left behind and is when, with hindsight, I should have turned back. The steps are steep, no handrails, each set of steps is about 14 treads, and there are about nine sets of steps zig-zagging to the top. I first tried using my hands on the next step for balance, but too exhausting. Finally we devised a way up when my daughter suggested I hang onto her backpack strap and I followed her up, step by step. That worked. However by about halfway along the whole track I was exhausted and needed more water than I was carrying. People coming along kindly supplied some, even tipping it over my head under that hot sun. The whole time, I just concentrated on my boots, never looking down or out, even to take in that wonderful, much photographed vista.
This is a fantastic walk for anyone a bit younger, fitter, and unafraid of heights. For me it was too tough.

My top tips are : Take more water than you think you’ll need, this is essential. Don’t go on a hot sunny day, there is not a lot of shade on the way.
If you’re prone to vertigo don’t look down, particularly when on the steps, you may fall.
And yes, I finished the track (actually there is no other choice !) but even found the long flat walk into Pukerua Bay railway station station hard going in the end.

My big learning curve : I may feel about 32 in my head, but I’ve discovered my body is not 32.
Written 10 January 2024
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Chuck
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
This is a wonderful walk but also challenging. There is no drinking water available on the track. I went on a very warm day and quickly went through a litre of water. if it is warm take 2 litres. You will be glad you did.
Written 30 October 2023
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Naija M
Algiers, Algeria997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We drove to Paekākāriki to begin the walk and caught the train back afterwards, the train fares being very reasonable. The walk takes you along the escarpment and will take approximately three hours to complete. The views of the ocean are quite stunning and the immediate surroundings are very peaceful. You are constantly going up and down so you need to be reasonably fit and used to hiking. There are a couple of magnificent bridges to walk across which may be a problem if you struggle with heights. I was impressed with how well the path is maintained. We chose to go on a public holiday so it was fairly busy but that wasn’t a problem. Fortunately it was a clear sunny day, I wouldn’t fancy the walk on a wet, windy day.
Written 27 July 2023
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Larissa K
Auckland, New Zealand187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We parked the car at Paekakariki Train Station and walked the track north to south, finishing at Pukerua Train Station. We then caught the train back to the car. The train is $2 cash from Pukerua to Paekakariki if you don't have a train card.
The day we did it, the weather was slightly cloudy and not windy so I would imagine it was preferred conditions. This walk would be difficult if very windy or hot as there is no shade on the track and it is very close to the cliff edge. It is quite a challenging walk, take your time (don't rush) and be prepared for many stairs. The walk hugs the cliff edge and there are 2 swing bridges - very awesome views but can be unsettling if you're not good with heights.

I would still recommend this walk. Amazing views!
Written 6 March 2023
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CIMG
Wellington, New Zealand180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Awesome walk with truly spectacular views. We parked at Paekākāriki and took the train’s bus replacement to Pukerua Bay. The walk starts in back streets behind the train station and then over Muri Reserve and past the abandoned Muri station. Great views of Pukerua Bay after that. Then the fun starts. Two swing bridges and multiple steps as well as a long detour (with ropes for the steepest bits!) over a part of the track that has slipped away. Some respite through with some shady bush areas before climbing up and up and up and up to eventually reach a stunning lookout with 270 degree views from Plimmerton to Paraparaumu. From there it is a climb down to the railway line, a final rise up and down and then thru the bush and down SH59 for a little bit back to Paekākāriki. Activity tracker said we had walked 10km and gone up 106 floors! Take lots of water and tread very carefully on the narrow bits. There have been 2 falls in the track in the past week alone …
Written 2 January 2023
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Jontio
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I went on a very windy day where Mana island (an island nearby) recorded 78km/h gusts. It had also had heavy rain a few hours before I walked it. As others mention most is exposed and some very steep parts. With the wind I had to be extremely careful in some places that jutted out from the hill but psychologically the wind was tricky too. With wind on steep cliffs vertigo seems to be exacerbated. Not looking down and keeping close and low to the bank helped. Needless to say I didn't meet anyone on the track.

Even though it had recently rained it wasn't too muddy, just the odd spot.

The swing bridges with that kind of wind was the scariest thing by far, it was like riding a bucking bronco as the wind hurtled up the valleys.

Yup lots of steps. Initially it's pretty flat then it's up and down a few times. I didn't pay the view much attention as the weather was awful but yup it had a view when up high.

So unless you are an adrenaline junky I would suggest choosing a day with winds as light as possible as it's always windier the higher up you go. It's a reasonably tough walk so make sure you are fit enough and are not too affected by vertigo.
Written 1 June 2022
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Brendon B
Wellington, New Zealand14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Zealand112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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