Parata Tramping Track - Waikanae
Updated: Mar 9, 2022
Saturday 22th January 2022
Location: Tui Crescent, Waikanae 5036
We found this walk online and didn't really know what to expect - except that it was a bushwalk. We're still in the height of summer and all of us (Mum in particular) are not overly fond of walking in the scorching heat with no shade - therefore bushwalks always get priority.
We were lucky enough to be able to convince our friends to join us with their kids. When it became apparent that the walk was an uphill climb we felt slightly worried that we'd picked the wrong track (it's an in/out track which climbs to the top of a hill). To our delight all the kids, including Master 4, did incredibly well. In fact on our return they ran at a break neck pace - surprising us with their technical trail running skills and no injuries (phew! - the only injury suffered was from Dad :P).
So back to the walk.
The track passes through one of the largest remaining areas of kohekohe forest in the North Island.
There is a sign post maybe 10 minutes up the track where you take a left up the Parata Track.
From here you start to climb, it's not that steep compared to some of the tramps we've been on in the Tararua's. In saying that it is still a climb and the track is technical with lots of complex root systems. We likened the steepness to the tramp up to Field Hut.
The kids needed a bit of encouragement and a few stops for snackage on the ascent.
We think it took us about 1 hour to reach the top in contrast to 30 minutes on the way down.
The lookout at the top offers beautiful views of the southern coast, Kapiti Island and Reikorangi Valley.
What a great walk! Can't wait to try the full Te Ara o Parata circuit.
Also, thanks to our gorgeous friends for joining us! Inspiring to see other little feet doing so well.
Age of Kids: 7yr and 9yr (plus 4yr, 6yr and 10yr)
Walking Time: 1-2 hours return (we walked for 1.5 hours but took 2 hours all up. This included a good stop at the top for snackage and multiple small stops on the way up)
Length: 4.7 km
Difficulty: Moderate (just because it's a tramping track)
Wet Feet: No
Amenities: There is a seat on the way up - and at the top. We didn't see any toilets.
Dogs: Yes (on lead only)
Cellphone Reception: Yes