Guided Mainland Walks

See why Kapiti is also known as “Nature Coast”. Within 15 minutes of leaving SH 1 we are in the Akatarawa Forest. Covering an area of approximately 14,000 hectares from Paraparaumu through to the Hutt Valley the forest was used by early Maori for hunting and food gathering. Translated to English, Akatarawa means 'trailing vines' and the forest is now a mix of indigenous and native forest.

Walking through remnants of ancient forest with giant rimu, totara, tawa, matai, kahikatea and pukatea we see many of the over 200 fern species native to New Zealand, wild orchids and often spot feeding kereru (wood pigeon). Our track is formed from falling leaves and old stream beds and with no formed track and no people we could be hours away from civilisation.

We then come out of the bush to visit one of the best stands of Nikau palms in the district. A total contrast to the temperate New Zealand bush the Nikau is a striking palm and this lovely remnant of Nikau’s and Kohekohe’s (related to mahogany) look like they belong in the tropical forests of Asia and northern Australia.

After lunch we explore the Waikanae Estuary –a national treasure as a wildlife habitat. At the Estuary, freshwater from the Tararua Ranges meets the saltwater of the Kapiti Coast. This mixing of the waters and the ever shifting river mouth create an environment of rich plant and animal communities. More species of coastal and aquatic birds visit the Estuary than any other site on the Wellington coast and over 60 species of birds breed there.

Walking along the sand spit, river banks and lagoons we often see oystercatchers and banded dotterels, pukeko, dabchicks, Godwits, Caspian terns, royal spoonbills, nesting shags and many others. Learn about the rare plants and wildlife and the great Battle of Kuititanga, fought here between the between the local Te Ati Awa and Ngati Raukawa tribes in 1839. The area is sacred to the people of Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai who are tangata whenua of this area.

The walks are an easy grade and can be taken as either a half day tour or combined to a full day tour. They are also an excellent alternative to experience the rich nature of the Kapiti Coast should the sailings to Kapiti Island have to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Refreshments are provided for morning and afternoon tea. Bring your own lunch or pick something up at Lindale where we stop for a break.

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You can book via email bookings@kapitiexplorer.nz or call us on 0800 433 779

Pricing

Prices Per Person incl GST

 Adult Half Day Bush or Estuary Walk,  $ 40.00
 Seniors & Students Half Day Bush or Estuary Walk  $ 35.00
 Adult Full Day Bush and Estuary Walk combined,  $ 75.00
 Seniors & Students Full Day Bush and Estuary Walk combined  $ 60.00

  A minimum charge of $120 applies to half day walks and $180 for full day walk

Payment to be made on the day, by either cash or cheque