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Stairway to Heaven Walk

Stairway to Heaven Walk


  • Sat 13 Aug, 9:00am – 12:30pm


Pukerua Bay Station, Pukerua Bay, Porirua - Mana


All Ages

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Walk the stairway to heaven Escarpment Track - Pukerua Bay to Paekakariki. End with a rewarding coffee at Perching Parrot. You will need to be able to meet at the Pukerua Bay Train Station (parking is available at the station), which is where we will start the walk from. Welcome to all, though moderate fitness would be best. The Escarpment Track runs from Pukerua Bay to Paekākāriki, taking in sweeping views of the spectacular Kāpiti Coastline and the region’s famous Kāpiti Island. Heading north, the trail starts by following the Kāpiti railway line then veers uphill and across privately-owned farmland.

You’ll climb 220 metres above sea level and navigate steep narrow pathways on what is one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail. The Escarpment Track can be walked in either direction, we will be going in the South to North direction. Families of all ages regularly enjoy this trail, but it is not recommended for the faint-hearted: you’ll scale around 1,200 steep steps, navigate narrow pathways across ridgelines, and traverse two swing bridges.

Once at Paekakariki, we will enjoy a drink and bite to eat at Perching Parrot Cafe (please remember to bring some money to buy your own refreshments). Then we will catch the train back to Pukerua Bay Train Station ($2) where we will part ways. This walk will go ahead rain or shine, unless weather conditions are considered too risky. You will be updated if the walk has to be cancelled.

Hi, I'm an occasional hiker and love the open air and a nice challenge. I'd rate myself as intermediate fitness but will willingly reduce my speed to something more leisurely. There are a lot of steps, so if you are feeling unsure, please consult with your doctor before booking.

Bring: Good footwear (sports shoes are fine), warm layers, hat, water bottle, train fare to get back to Pukerua Bay Train Station. Money for a drink and bite at Perching Parrot Cafe.

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