Last Updated: 20th May 2024

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Makara Walkway

Last Updated: 20th May 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 45 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills



Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.9%


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Estimated Times to Run







From the Makara Walkway entrance sign, follow the coast round south for about 3.5km. Ignore the climb up the ridge along the way, unless you want to do the route in reverse. The coastal trail becomes unmarked pretty quickly and you'll be rock hopping and scrambling for much of this first 3.5km. Good strength work for your ankles! Once you reach the turn off inland, cross the stile and take the semi-sealed 4WD track steeply uphill towards the gun emplacements.

At the top of the climb, turn left and follow the signs for the gun emplacements, then head north along the ridge down towards the beach. Take care here as it can be steep and slippery. Once back on the beach, head back north the way you came to finish back where you started.

This coastal run shows off a bit of history with the WW2 gun emplacements and gives spectacular views of the South Island up to Kapiti Island.

Toilets are available at the trailhead at Makara Beach.

Car parking is fairly secure during daylight hours as it's a residential area. There is no public transport available.

18 km

32 minutes





Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map

The streams aren't safe to drink from as it's a working farm. There are toilets and a cafe at the car park.

Avoid very high tides and/or strong winds

You'll be exposed to rocky beaches with unstable footing, exposed clifftops and possibly some farm animals

Makara Beach Cafe

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Brilliant views from the ridge and the beach section is great training,

Richele McKenzie

November 13, 2021

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