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Fantastic walk and great views

Did the Escarpment Walk a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. I did the walk from south to north... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Henare H
Wellington, New Zealand
Great walk with views

A fantastic walk with great views but not for the faint hearted. Best walked from north to south as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Henare H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Thank Palmy1962
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Thank zuchinibee
Reviewed 9 August 2018

you will climb stairs and its a long walk.Its worth it. wear good walking shoes, sun glasses and a peak. Its not a easy walk, perhaps hard for some, but ever so magical.

Thank deboraha25
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 24 July 2018

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

Thank patolincl
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

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

Thank chelahmert
Reviewed 18 June 2018

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

1  Thank LindsayThorpe
Reviewed 16 May 2018

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

1  Thank Jill D
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank SalinaI12
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9 July 2018|
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Response from LindsayThorpe | Reviewed this property |
Yes about 3kms-4kms is correct
Doreen B
31 March 2018|
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
29 April 2017|
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Response from Keith C | Reviewed this property |
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