Last week Sunday we finally managed to walk the Paekakriki Escarpment track. It was our first longer walk as parents, and carrying a toddler along all the way in a frontpack wasn’t easy, but we did it in the end (our friends brought their 3 kids along as well). I should probably mention that we walked from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay which looked much easier than the other way around. So unless you like a good challenge, I recommend starting in Paekakariki.

As you can see in the photos, the weather was just perfect on the day. Blue skies, not too hot, and no wind. The walking time was about 4.5 hours but we were quite slow due to the children. Speaking about bringing children, it is not recommended according to the signs which is understandable because the track is quite steep at times. But as long as you’re cautious and either carry them or hold hands, we didn’t find it much of an issue.

I’ve done a bit of walking in the Wellington region and the Paekakariki Escarpment Track is definitely one of my favourites. See for yourself:

Paekakariki Escarpment Track Sign

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Coast

View towards Pukerua Bay

Kapiti Coast

View towards Pukerua Bay

Swing bridge and train tracks

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