Mangoane Walkway South to Kaitawa Scenic Reserve

 By Helen Tristram
November 2012

 This is great walk for the family

 We were delighted to find a new DOC information shelter at the start of the walkway, – and a lovely new swing bridge. (You no longer have to wade across the river to start your walk or alternatively balance your way across the pipe that spanned the river!). DOC has done some wonderful work on the track, which was a former bush tramway, and there are now several bridges and boardwalks. The track is generally a good wide gravelly path for most of the way.



It was a lovely day and the sun filtered through the variety of fern trees and the Waikanae river sparkled as it raced downwards beside the track. There were plenty of birds too singing their particular songs, among them were tuis, blackbirds, willow-warblers, whiteheads and thrushes. The fern lined paths, moss covered boulders and occasional grassy areas make it an interesting and attractive walk.

There were several trees that had fallen due to recent excessive rain and wind, but again, DOC had been at work and most were sawn or removed to the side of the track.

You might possibly get wet feet in some places, especially after heavy rain as you come to small rivulets crossing the path.

The track is a gradual climb and levels out when you reach Kaitawa Scenic Reserve.

Kaitawa Scenic Reserve has regenerating forest and a large expanse of green with the Waikanae river alongside. It is a perfect picnic spot and great for a paddle or swim in the summer.


To get there drive north from Wellington and at the traffic lights at Waikanae turn right across the railway into Ngatiawa Road, turn left into Mangaone South Road after 8 kms. You`ll find the walkway at the end of Mangoane South Road, – and you will notice the remains of an old bush tramway locomotive.


Good article Helen. We haven’t done this walk in years but you have inspired us to do it again (especially now we know that there is a new swing bridge – I didn’t like that pole!)

Thanks for writing this article, Helen. We walked the track yesterday, and it was wonderful going back again. I hadn’t been there for a long time, and really appreciated the great improvements that have been made to the track. The Kapiti Coast is truly blessed with beautiful spots!


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