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Chrystalls Bend Walkway, Wellington

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Chrystalls Bend WalkwayBeginner

Submitted by Joe Benbow

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat



1:00 (Slow)
0:40 (Moderate)
0:25 (Fast)



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From the car park, head east along the walkway, under SH1 then the new motorway. At around 2.1km, you'll reach the beautiful Chrystalls lagoon. Cross the footbridge to your right and follow the track round the lagoon, then turn right to head up to the end of the trail before turning round. Follow the gravel road or the trail back to the start of the lagoon then retrace your steps back to the start.

If you want to extend your run, you have the option of continuing down the river along the northern bank to the estuary, or you can cross the bridge and take the southern walkway. Or do both.

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Features of interest

This course also doubles up as the Ōtaki Parkrun course on Saturday mornings.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 80%

Gravel Road: 20%

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  • Access

    Ōtaki Riverbank carpark, north side of the river and west side of SH1. There is a map and information board here.

    Plenty of car parking at the start.

    1 km

    4 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.

    Several places you can get down to the river, though you probably won't need water on such a short course.

    Exposed so take suitable sun and/or wind and rain protection.

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