Kapiti Rides


To make it easier to find rides in particular areas, I have listed rides in several parts of the Wellington Region (outside of Wellington City). Mostly they are rides that are less than an hour’s drive from the city. I have sorted them into different areas:
  • The Hutt Valley – from the Rimutaka Rail Trail in the north, down the river valley, to Pencarrow in the south.
  • Porirua – From Tawa to Pukerua, and from Mana to Pauatahanui and Whitby
  • Kapiti – From Paekakariki to Otaki
  • The Wairarapa
Links are listed in reverse chronological order, i.e. the latest ride is at the top.


9 February 2108 – Miscellaneous local rides – Includes two Te Ara o Whareroa rides. 

14 January 2018 – E-bike group ride – Paekakariki to Peka Peka – There and back on a very hot day, 52 km. 

1 November 2017 – Folding Goldies ride – Akatarawa –  We took the Kapiti train from Tawa to Waikanae, then rode up Reikorangi Road and Akatarawa Road to Staglands, for a lunch stop. Then down the Upper Hutt side of the hill. Down to Petone on the Hutt River Trail, train to the bottom of Ngauranga Gorge, then bike up the Gorge home to Churton Park. Phew!

24 October 2017 – Waikanae to Peka Peka – From Waikanae Lagoon on Rutherford Road to Peka Peka. Back on Expressway track, but diverted off to follow the river back to the Lagoon. 

10 October 2017 – Paekakariki to Peka Peka, again ... – Spring has sprung, and John reaches 6,000 km on his e-bike odometer.

12 September 2017 – Paekakariki, Peka Peka, Waikanae River – Te Ara o Whareroa, then expressway to Peka Peka for lunch. Back on expressway track to Waikanae, down to the river track, on the estuary track to Paraparaumu, behind the airport, and back to Paekakariki.

5 August 2017 – Paekakariki to Kiwi Road – Stopping to take photos of wetlands alongside Te Ara o Whareroa and the Expressway track. And anther look at the Kapiti Aeromodellers Club in QE II Park.

25 July 2017 –Waikanae to Peka Peka – and an exhibition of tapestries –  From Waikanae  to Peka Peka on the Kapiti Coastal Cycle Route, and back on the Expressway cycle track. On the way home, we stopped at Pataka Museum in Porirua to look at an exhibition of tapestries by Peruvian weaver Máximo Laura.

17 May 2017 – Folding Goldies ride – Te Ara Kapiti – Train to Waikanae, bike on the old SH1 (now not getting much traffic since the opening of the Expressway) to Peka Peka, and bike back to Paekakariki on the Expressway cycle track. Train home.

8 April 2017 – Paekakariki to Peka Peka – There and back, on Te Ara o Whareroa and the Expressway cycle track - 51 km.

16 March 2017 – Paekakariki to Paraparaumu and Kapiti Aeromodellers Club – Along Paekakariki waterfront, then Te Ara o Whareroa (through QEII Park), behind the airport to Paraparaumu. On the way back we visited the Kapiti Aeromodellers Club in QEII Park.

9 March 2017 – Kapiti Expressway Cycle Track – Our first ride on the new cycle track alongside the Kapiti Expressway, from Raumati to Peka Peka. Along the way, we met the Prime Minister, Bill English, who was on a recce of the new track and a photo opportunity for the media.

9 February 2017 – Waikanae to Peka Peka – Train to Waikanae, along the Waikanae River trail, where we encountered a stretch of very rough track (we had to manhandle the bikes over boulders!) due to erosion of the track by flooding. Then along the Kapiti Coastal Cycle Route to Peka Peka for lunch. Return to Waikanae station via the road.  

1 February 2017 – Folding Goldies ride - Waikanae to Paekakariki – Train to Waikanae, along the Waikanae River Trail, to Paraparaumu for lunch, then Te Ara o Whareroa to Paekakariki. Train back to Takapu Road.

24 January 2017 – Paekakariki again ...  – We parked the car in Paekakariki, biked on Te Ara o Whareroa to the Tram Museum for another look, then biked to Paraparaumu, and back. Discovered the Paekakariki Domain.

7 January 2017 – Paekakariki and Historic Trams – We drove to Paekakariki, then biked Te Ara o Whareroa, but in QE II Park, we stopped to see the Tram Museum, and ride on the historic trams. Then biked the rest of the Whareroa track to Raumati, then Paraparaumu, and back to Paekakariki.

20 December – Paekakariki to Paraparaumu – We drove to Paekakariki, then biked Te Ara o Whareroa to Raumati, and Paraparaumu, and back. 

24 November 2016 – Folding Goldies ride - Waikanae to Peka Peka – Eight people joind this ride. Along the Waikanae River Track, along the Kapiti Coastal Cycle Trail to Peka Peka for lunch. Return riding on the beach from Peka Peka to Waikanae, Te Moana Road back to Waikanae station.

10 October 2016 – Waikanae to Paekakariki – Train to Waikanae, ride along the Waikanae River track, on the Estuary Track to Paraparaumu, inland track to Raumati, Te Ara o Whareroa to Paekakariki. Our friend Pat came along with us.

20 April 2016 – Paekakariki, Paraparaumu and Pukerua – Train up to Paekakariki, bike Te Ara o Whareroa to Paraparaumu, bike back to Paekakariki. Then train to Pukerua, and bike back to Tawa.

6 April 2016 – Waikanae to Peka Peka – Train up to Waikanae, bike along Waikanae River track, photos of Kapiti Expressway bridge beam being installed, back to train via Waikanae suburban streets.

16 February 2016 – Te Ara o Whareroa – again! – Train to Waikanae, ride along Waikanae River, through Paraparaumu, Te Ara o Whareroa through QEII Park to Paekakariki. 

6 February 2016 – Folding Goldies Ride – Te Ara o Whareroa – Train to Waikanae, ride along Waikanae River, Waikanae Estuary track, Paraparaumu, Te Ara o Whareroa through QEII Park to Paekakariki. 

23 January 2016 – Waikanae to Paekakarirki and Pukerua to Tawa – Train to Waikanae, ride along Waikanae River, Paraparaumu, Te Ara o Whareroa through QEII Park to Paekakariki. Then train to Pukerua, and ride back to Tawa. 

15 January 2016 – Paekakariki to Waikanae – Train to Paekakariki, first time ride on new Te Ara o Whareroa, to Waikakane, back to Paraparaumu, and train back. 

24 November 2015 – Waikanae – Waikanae to PekaPeka and back, enjoyed seeing swathes of yellow lupins in flower. 

15 September 2015 – Waikanae – Waikanae to Peka Peka, back to Otaihanga Domain via Waikanae River track. Drive home via Paekakarirki Hill Road.

5 July 2015 – Kapiti and a Pukerua Bay sunset – Paraparaumu, Waikanae Esuary track, Peka Peka, Waikanae River track (flood damage). Sunset at Pukerua Bay on the drive home.

26 January 2015 – Four early January rides – One of the rides is from Waikanae to Peka Peka. Another is in Otaki. 

14 November 2014 – Waikanae River Loop Track – A loop of both banks of the Waikanae River, with sister and brother-in-law. 

4 October 2014 – Testing – a new chainwheel and the Akatarawa Road – Drive to check out terrain on the Akatarawa Road, then ride Waikanae River Track, and bike up Te Ara Harakeke from Plimmerton to Pukerua and back. 

15 September 2014 – Folding Goldies ride – Waikanae to Peka Peka – Train to Waikanae, ride to Peka Peka and back. Train back. 

31 August 2014 – Folding Goldies ride – Waikanae to Paekakariki – Train to Waikanae, biked the Kapiti Coastal Route via Paraparaumu, QE II Park coastal track to Paekakariki, train back. 

15 June 2014 – Waikanae to Peka Peka – from Otaihanga Domain, along the south bank of the Waikanae River, through Waikanae to Peka Peka and back to Otaihanga. 

30 January 2014 – Waikanae and Peka Peka – There and back. 

6 November 2013 – Kapiti Arts Trail – Biked Waikanae to Peka Peka and back. 

2 October 2013 - Waikanae – Both banks of the Waikanae River, Waimanu Lagoon, Kapiti Coastal Cycleway to Williams Street and back. 

27 April 2013 – Waikanae Riverbank – North bank, then south bank of the Waikanae River.

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