Wellington Regional Trails

Waikanae Beach

Walking time

Varies

Length

2.4km

Uses

Walking/Running, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding

Type

Double track

Walking difficulty

Easiest: Easy access short walk

Mountain Bike Grade

Easiest: Grade 1

Profile

3m highest point

Dogs

Yes (on lead)

About the trail

Walk, run, ride your bike and even your horse up the Waikanae River Trail and onto the beautiful Waikanae Beach. With stunning views of Kapiti Island behind you, make your way north along the sandy shore.

You can carry on along the beach to Peka Peka and link up with the Sims Road and Te Horo bridleways if you’re on horse back. You can also ride this trail from Sims Road where there is plenty of parking for horse floats and trucks.

Waikanae Beach on a sunny  day with bright blue sky and Kapiti Island in the background.

Waikanae Beach is about an hour’s drive north of Wellington city.

There are four main entrances for horse riders with the following features:

  • Greenaway Road on the Northern side of Waikanae River: float parking and mounting blocks
  • Nimmo Avenue East on the Northern side of Waikanae River: float parking and mounting blocks
  • Sims Road in Te Horo: float parking, turning space, mounting blocks and haltering posts
  • Te Hapua Road in Te Horo: float parking and turning space.
Birds eye view of Waikanae Beach with a pink sunset.