Link to the Te Araroa Walkway
By Roger Childs
The magnificent Te Araroa link from Pukerua Bay to Paekakariki is one of the wonders of the Kapiti Coast.
The 10km path has been incredibly popular since it was opened a couple of years ago, and Paekakariki cafes and shops have been reaping the benefit.
The Kapiti Council, in cooperation with Community Boards, does some of its best work in extending public pathways and promoting conservation.
These two areas of positive development come together in a track that is being pushed through the trees alongside the railway line south of the village.
First section open
This track was initiated by the Paekākāriki Community Board and now we’ll start consultation with key stakeholders to progress the second half of the track. Parks and Recreation Manager, Alison Law
The idea is to provide a pleasant start, or finish, for people walking or running the Te Araroa Escarpment track. Previously the last, or first, 500m-600m was on the footpath alongside the very busy State Highway One.
Basically the new track will provide a safer passage through a bush setting. As the photos taken by Pam Childs show, the track is compacted gravel and weaves its way through the trees. In addition to retaining large trees, there will plantings carried out at certain points, and creepers removed.
So for those heading south on foot from Paekakariki, it’s through a swing gate from the sidewalk by the shops, over the railway line with care, and on to the new track off the State Highway One footpath.
KIN commends this Paekakariki Community Board initiative.