Wellington Regional Trails

Walking time

2 hr




Walking/Running, Mountain Biking


Double track

Walking difficulty

Easy: Walking track

Mountain Bike Grade

Easiest: Grade 1


20m climb

-20m descent

17m highest point


Yes (on lead)

About the trail

Te Ara o Whareroa is an easy 6km trail along Kāpiti Coast’s dunelands, between Raumati and Paekākāriki. It’s a popular shared route, used by locals for recreational walking and biking. Stop for a swim or take in the stunning ocean views along the way. 

Te Ara o Whareroa is mostly flat with a wide, sealed track hugging the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Park and nearby sand dunes.  It is suitable for buggies or wheelchairs and is popular with all ages and fitness levels. For bikers, this is a Grade 1 track – a very enjoyable ride for all the family. It is also perfect for people with low-to-moderate fitness who want to start or get back into biking.

On weekends at Queen Elizabeth Park, you might see trams travelling towards Whareroa Beach, or the Model Aero Club flying their planes nearby. 

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Getting there

Te Ara o Whareroa is part of Queen Elizabeth Park which is a 1 hour drive from Wellington city.

Three people walk along the sealed Te Ara o Whareroa path in Queen Elizabeth Park. Two of the people are being assisted by Guide Dogs.

What to expect

There is no shelter or shade along Te Ara o Whareroa — be prepared for sun and wind on the trail.

Adaptive Mountain Bike Grade

This trail is Adaptive Mountain Biking Grade 1. Find out more on AdaptMTB.

Know before you go

  • The trail is 6km long. It will take an adult with average fitness about 20 to 30 minutes to ride one way (to Raumati South). If you’re with kids or less experienced riders, allow more than one hour for the return trip.
  • You can access the beach from Mackay’s Crossing for a swim.
  • Dogs must be on lead.
  • Get ready using Plan My Walk by the NZ Mountain Safety Council for track alerts, weather forecasts, trip reviews and a packing list. Get an up-to-date weather report from MetService before setting off.
  • Take warm waterproof clothing, durable footwear, sun protection, food and water.