Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Chrystalls Bend Walkway

Otaki, Wellington

Submitted by Joe Benbow

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 6

Gnarl Factor: 11





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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.4%


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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.

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

Plenty of car parking at the start.

1 km

4 minutes




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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Richele McKenzie

Richele McKenzie

has completed Chrystalls Bend Walkway twice in the last year.

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