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Kapakapanui Loop, Wellington

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Kapakapanui LoopIntermediate - Experienced

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Front country - easily accessible



Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

5:00 (Slow)
3:45 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



Track can be steep in some sections and there are a couple of places with fallen trees. Need to ensure that an eye is kept on the orange triangles.

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Kapakapanui is great climb, the run starts off through private property but is well marked. There are a number stream crossings to begin with so expect to get wet feet from the outset. Beware that if it has been raining heavily that the stream crossings may not be possible. The track can either be done clockwise os anticlockwise. Clockwise is easier than anticlockwise. The track is steep in places but once you get to the summit there are great views over Kapiti out to Kapiti island and on the otherside out to the Tararuas. In some places there are fallen trees that need to be navigated around.

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Features of interest

Still shows some cyclone damage from 1936 near the summit

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 70%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 8%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 2%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    From Waikanae, follow Reikorangi Road and turn into Ngatiawa Road then follow the road till end.

    Limited parking at the end of the road, some off road parking on the grass.

    9 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Always keep an eye on the orange triangles. In some places the track may look to go in a different direction to the triangles so always locate the next orange triangle before proceeding.

    Very patchy.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Some water is available at Kapakapanui hut

    Due to the height and location to the Tararua ranges it ca be very exposed at the summit. In winter there can be snow on the summit. The track is fairly muddy in some places and be very slippery in or after rain

    There are few fallen trees that need to be climbed over or navigated around. There is also a few stream crossings to navigate as well.

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