Bush Walks KapitiBushwalk Kapiti
The Nikau Palm Reservation is a nice shaded bush hike. It is well signposted with stairs that go up the hillside from the parking lot, with a few seating places and a pick nick at the top (you can go uphill to get on at the end of Anlaby Road), then back down to the parking lot.
You can find a lot of leaves of palm tree that can grow above the road, especially near the ground. This reservation has a beautiful, slightly neglected feel. There' s a very small dirt road from one side of the circular trail to the other. It takes about half an hours to climb through the bush and back.
When you are going southwards, it is simple - turn off SH1 at the Lindale junction (north of Paraparaumu) and the reservation is on the lefthand side with a parking lot before going around the street under SH1. When you drive towards the northern direction, take the Lindale junction just before Paraparaumu, but at the traffic circle turn into the Nikautal, then take the first street on the right, which seems to go towards the SH1 southerly junction, but turns into the Nikau Reservat parking lot.
From Tui Crescent and back through Kakariki Grove, the simple Kohekhe bush hike can be done in about 30 mins. There' s a shortcut through the tree line between Kakariki Grove and Tui Crescent, which is shown on the road chart below (this is a well-marked dirt road). The lower bush road is only an uphill and an easier walking tour on Sunday afternoons.
But 400 meters from Tui Crescent is the 1.7 km long Parata Trail, which leads to a viewpoint about 500 meters above Waikanae. With a gradient of about 400 meters, the way to the viewpoint is relatively easy for most visitors. From the viewpoint you have an outstanding view of Kapiti Island.
The Te Au bend, which runs from the viewpoint and exit points on Huia Street, is a true hiking trail that requires hiking shoes and a little practice. It is a rugged and bumpy course and can be very skiddy in rainy conditions. The tour from Tui Crescent to Huia St. takes 2 - 3 hrs. When you make the tour, you will have to guide through the roads of Waikanae back to the start point.
Approximately 600 meters up Elizabeth Street turn lefthand into Winara Av. Turn right into either Kakariki Grove or Tui Crescent. You will find bushwalk signposts leading you to the Tui Crescent Trail departure point.