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Waikanae River & Estuary, Wellington

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Waikanae River & EstuaryBeginner

Submitted by Joseph Lindsay

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Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


1:30 (Slow)
1:05 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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A good, easy beginner off-road run. Mostly flat with some undulations, it should be able to be run at close to road running times for its length. For most of its length you could push a pram, but some parts you would have to carry it. The route can be entered at many points from Paraparaumu Beach, Otaihanga, Waikanae Beach, Otaraua, Waikanae township and the expressway bridleways. It can be run in loops from bridge to bridge crossing at Otaihanga Domain, Kapiti Expressway, Jim Cooke Park/Otaraua or old main road. Dogs must be on-lead for some parts, but can be off-lead other parts.

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Features of interest

The route follow the corridor from near the beach by Kapiti Island up the river to near the native bush behind Waikanae

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 75%

Gravel Road: 25%

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  • Access

    The North end of Manly Street, Paraparaumu Beach, opposite Hadfield Place

    On-street parking. Bus stop opposite start point on route 262.

    5 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Navigation is easy and signposted

    Perfect throughout.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Potable water at some parks along the route

    Very muddy after rain. River can flood over parts of the path any time of year, but forecasts of this are usually accurate.

    Flooding any time of year after heavy rain. Flooding also changes footing and can cut holes and expose bigger rock

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