Station To StationPaekakariki To Pukerua Bay - Te Araroa Escarpment Track
Station To Station – Te Araroa Escarpment Track
The latest walking track to be opened by Te Araroa in the Wellington Region is the Paekakariki Station To Pukerua Bay Station Escarpment Track. There are car parks available at both Railway Stations. You can either arrive at the Stations by using Public Transport or using your own transport and parking at one of the stations. There is a 2 hour time limit on parking in Paekakariki Village itself.
From Paekakariki Station car park, walk along the platform to beach road crossing, then beside SH 1 on the footpath until the road overbridge ( approx. 700m ), using the stairs go under the bridge and you are now on the track proper.
The track climbs above the Highway and Railway some 220 metres. There are spectacular views of the coast and on the right day, views of Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu. It’s quickly become one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail.
The walk from Station to Station is 10km long and will take approx. four hours. Be aware that it is steep, narrow and exposed, and crosses private property.Please keep to the marked track and DO NOT enter the rail corridor.
There are seats and interesting interpretive signs along the way but no amenities.
Begin the steep ascent via steps and a zig zag path and continue up to the highest point of the track (“the Lookout”), before starting a descent down many steps. You will traverse 2 lovely sections of Kohekohe forest before another steep descent then cross 2 swing-bridges.
The track continues beside private property and the rail corridor. Continue along the closed Muri Station and go through Muri Park and onto Sea Vista Drive, cutting through the walkway to Pukerua Bay Railway Station.
See our stories at the station
explore the station precinct
climb the signal box stairs
view the story panels
visit Kakariki Books
have a cuppa at Petticoat Junction
home of Ngati Haumia
a stop on the old coach road
a railway town
a day at the beach
a haven for city workers
a camp for 15000 US Marines
a community of artists and writers
public toilets available at Petticoat Junction and Beach Road
if walking Te Araroa Escarpment track it is recommended using public transport or parking your car at Paekakariki Railway Station car park walking the track and returning by train
Please do not cross the Railway Corridor at any point
Enjoy the village
great food, coffee, pub and cinema
arts and crafts
picnic at the beach
stroll in Queen Elizabeth Park
inspect Steam Locomotives and Carriages at Steam Incorporated