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Hemi Matenga Memorial Park Scenic Reserve

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Parata Track Waikanae

Doc website using topo maps is a bit confusing as are some of the signposted walk times at... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2018
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My "how fit am I?" climb

Take a gentle walk through beautiful NZ bush or see how fit you are by taking the upper track to... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2018
Waikanae, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Doc website using topo maps is a bit confusing as are some of the signposted walk times at tracks. Follow AA yellow signs from Elizabeth st waikanae to Hemi Matenga bushwalk. Around 60 minutes uphill to lookout on Parata track. Moderate fitness recommended. Sit under...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GaryP3032
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Take a gentle walk through beautiful NZ bush or see how fit you are by taking the upper track to the summit. Both are great walks with the upper fitness walk taking about an hour up and a little less down (measured from the road...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank ll0ydce
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

It takes about 45 minutes to get to the first lookout for great views over Kapiti Island and to the south. A reasonable degree of fitness is required, or a perfect track to use for building up fitness. Plenty of shade under a wonderful canopy...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Laurine F
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We started doing this track a few weeks ago in a bid to up our fitness. Great to have the tree cover as it keeps you a bit cooler as you sweat your way up to the top, a very pleasant climb in dappled light....More

Date of experience: March 2017
3  Thank Popette2014
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

The day we went followed some heavy rain, so the track was very muddy in places. It's a reasonable hike to the lookout, which unfortunately wasn't signed (it's a branch off the main track). So we missed it and carried on to the track to...More

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank SCJM
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Ive walked this a few times for a good bit of exercise. Nice bush and outlook. Friendly people on the track.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank moanafranks
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

A beautiful track I've completed too many times to remember. WELL WORTH the panting at the start from the watertower side going up. Reasonable level the whole way to Huia, Medium or less for the walk to the Summit and back. Go Hemi!

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank JeckaJeckaJ0Y
Reviewed 2 June 2016

The track to the top of the Hemi Matenga track is quite demanding, a little steep in places, but in good condition and well worth the effort for the amazing views of the Kapiti Coast.

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Glenys H
Reviewed 15 February 2016

The small driveway from the road up to the entrance point of Hemi Matenga, is like a cheeky nod to what lies ahead. A signposted 45min walk to the Lookout, or 3 hour loop track is based on someone with reasonable level of fitness. If...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank impromptu1s
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

It's a lovely walk. No real top as such, there is a look out and that's where we normally turn back with the kids but the track does a full loop which ends about 25 mins walk along various roads back to the car.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Bartholomews51
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