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Pauahatanui Trio, Wellington

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Pauahatanui TrioBeginner

Submitted by Joe Benbow

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat



2.00 (Slow)
1.30 (Moderate)
1.00 (Fast)



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Easy, flat run along several walkways on the northern side of the Pauahatanui inlet, home to a rich variety of birdlife.

Starting at the wildlife reserve entrance, follow the blue track until you reach Grays Road. Turn left and join the Te Ara Piko walkway "The Meandering Path". This is a combination of sealed trail, boardwalks and a road section around Motukaraka Point, all the way hugging the shoreline with magnificent views.

At the end of Te Ara Piko, it joins the Camborne walkway, where you'll continue past the colourful boat sheds up to the turnaround point at Dolly Varden Beach. Then just return the way you came. When you get back to the bottom of Grays Road, you can cross the road and take the 1.5km side trip on the green trail before heading back on the blue trail back to the car park.

There are some other shorter trails to bird hides in the wildlife if you want to explore further. Dogs are fine on lead on the Ta Ara Piko and Camborne Walkways, but not allowed in the wildlife reserve (so skip this section if you're running with your dog).

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Features of interest

The Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve is an area of approximately 50 ha that contains the most signifcant saltmarsh in the lower North Island. Many resident and migratory bird species may be seen on the reserve.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 75%

Sealed Road: 25%

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  • Access

    Main Pāuahatanui wildlife reserve entrance, through the gate next to the gas station.

    A few car parks next to the entrance or on the road, plus a larger car park on Paremata Road.

    10 km

    11 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Cellphone.

    There are several toilet blocks with water taps along the way.

    You are exposed to the elements so gear up accordingly.

    Be aware of bikes and dog walkers on the trail, and cars on the road section.

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