Plimmerton, Pukerua Bay and Camborne


This area includes one of the few really big loop tracks in Wellington although thankfully it is relatively flat and easy despite the length. What if lacks in scenery it makes up for in gentle gradients and surprising wildlife, particularly on the coastal sections. From the long coastal walk to the inland flax swamp running alongside SH1 this is one that most people can do with a little effort and about 3.5 to 4.5 hours to spare.

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Wairaka coastal walkway

Paremata to Pukerua Bay This track runs around the western coast from Plimerton to Pukerua Bay. If you enjoy solitude when getting back to nature this is your kind of track. While both ends are well tracked the middle section is a hard slog on loose beach gravel. Thankfully the wildlife will keep you company and the isolation keeps the tourists away. No need to watch the tide too closely but let someone know where your going. The area was originally home to the Maori Ngati Iri tribe and later the Muaupoko. The track runs from Moana Road in Plimerton through to SH1 in Pukerua Bay. Please respect the Marae at Plimerton when walking through.

Time and Difficulty

Allow between 3 and 4 hours to complete the walkway. You can use the train to make a loop back to your car.

Distance and Height

This track is around 8km long one way

Ara Harakeke - Taupo Swamp

Ara Harakeke This walkway runs between Plimerton and Pukerua Bay. It's a concrete track with occasional boardwalks along the way. This is a great track for the family, particularly if you're going downhill from Pukerua Bay. The track runs from Ulric Street in Plimerton to Pukerua Bay running parallel with SH1. You can use the train stations at Plimerton and Pukerua Bay to make the loop.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around 45 minutes to walk the track and around 20 minutes if you're on a bike.

Distance and Height

The track runs for around 5.6km one way

Ara Harakeke - Plimmerton

Ara Harakeke track This track is flat all the way (a rarity in Wellington) and well built, in fact its more like a small road for pedestrians than a track but the views out over the harbour are worth it. You'll pass many a traveller taking in the sea air. Its even mostly wheelchair friendly, The track runs on the far side of the railway tracks along Mana Esplanade in Camborne but the official start is under the inlet bridge through to South Beach Road. The middle section can be reached from Ngatitoa Domain.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around 20 minutes to complete the track one way or around 10 minutes on a bike. This track is often combined with the Camborne Walkway to form a loop.

Distance and Height

The track is around 2.5km long

Camborne Walkway

Camborne Walkway This walkway is well used by the locals and adds to the usual coastal walkway with its unique and colourful boatsheds. Take your time as this is a slow wander kind of track. Its also quite a popular running and cycling track. The walkway runs from Grays Road at the foot of the hill up to Camborne and the Mana Esplanade just after the bridge.

Time and Difficulty

Allow around 20 minutes to walk the track one way and about half this to bike. This track is often combined with Ara Harakeke Plimmerton to form a loop.

Distance and Height

The track is around 2.4km long

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