New Track At Paekakariki

Excellent Council Initiative

Photos by Pam Childs, story by Roger Childs

The magnificent Te Araroa Trail between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay has just got better!

Just south of the Paekakariki village, walkers and runners had to put up with State Highway One traffic noise and proximity to get the 600m to and from the bridge over the railway.

The Trail is accessible under the bridge and now, either starting out or finishing, trekkers have a jaunt through the bush beside the railway line.

The first section of track was laid about a year ago and now it has been completed to within 100m of the bridge.

The Kapiti Council does some of its best work on trail development and improvement.

KIN has written several articles over the years acknowledging this positive endeavour, and we happily do so again.



Everyone usually claims ownership of a good idea. But this was definitely not a Council initiative. Credit must first go to Paul Hughes from the Paekakariki Community Board and then the Board itself who pushed for it during the Annual Plan process. I supported the idea when Paul walked me through the scrub and expounded his vision. I happened to be representing the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board at the time on the Annual Plan workshop. Sean Mallon’s team did a good job implementing the initiative.

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