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Did the Escarpment Walk a few weeks ago and enjoyed it.
I did the walk from south to north, parking at the Pukerua Bay train station and walking to Paekakariki. If you walk from this end you will be climbing more steps than if walking...More
A fantastic walk with great views but not for the faint hearted. Best walked from north to south as there are less steps and when you pass someone you are on the inside of the hill which is less scary.
Choose your day for this activity wisely, a hot summers day will be very challenging, as will a windy day!
You have to be fit for this walk and not suffer nerves on heights.
Bring snacks and plenty of water.
I should have checked the train timetable and would have saved a wait at both stations. Even the train ride is good! I was a little disorientated starting the walk at Paekakariki but the signage, once I read it properly, was clear.
I started at...More
We went with a few people on an adventure through the Paekakariki Escarpment walkway, and it was worth it! It started very easy, and later we found ourselves in the top of big cliffs looking over Kapiti island on the horizon. There were a few...More
One of my favourites. Views are magical. Pukerua Bay to Paekakariki is probably harder for some. If you’re unsure, go Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay. There are plenty of steps, some of which can be steep for some. Average fitness is all that’s needed to accomplish...More
We started this walk from the Paekakariki railway station and I think it easy easier from this end, I thought we would just go half way as it was later in the day when we started but ended up doing the whole walk, took us...More
We have done this walk in both directions. Its so easy to access by train from either Paekakariki or Pukerua Bay, so leaving your car at one end is a good plan. The height of the track is not for the faint hearted as it...More
The day was perfect without much wind and sunny. Could be treacherous on a wet and windy day. Heaps of people needing to give way many times as track is very narrow. Lovely day out. However skyline walk is still my favourite Wellington walk so...More
Response from CarolDM1900 | Reviewed this property |
There are 492 steps. I did not personally count them, but that was the number printed in the local press when the escarpment trail opened, and it seems reasonable based on my experience. I've seen some accounts going as high... More
There are 492 steps. I did not personally count them, but that was the number printed in the local press when the escarpment trail opened, and it seems reasonable based on my experience. I've seen some accounts going as high as 1500, but I think that number is wildly beyond the mark. However many, they're steep and can feel pretty punishing. Worth it for the views - and the sheer satisfaction of doing it.
Depends on the experience and capability of your children, and, of course, your ability to support and guide them. I would not describe this as an easy walk for parents with a young family. There are many long steep sets of... More
Depends on the experience and capability of your children, and, of course, your ability to support and guide them. I would not describe this as an easy walk for parents with a young family. There are many long steep sets of steps, and much of the track has steep unfenced drop-offs.
having said that, make sure you and the children carry or wear warm clothing, food and drink. 4hrs is a longtime on what is an exposed walk. Good luck.