View along part of the Wild Coast Track.

Image: Dave Mitchel | ©

Introduction

The Wild Coast Track traverses the rugged Turakirae coast between Wellington and the Wairarapa.

Highlights

The Wild Coast Track forms part of the Remutaka Cycle Trail – one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. This track contains some of the most remote and spectacular scenery of the 115 km loop. The track can be ridden or walked in either direction and has no significant climbs.

Track overview

18 km one way

Walking and tramping

4–5 hours Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

2–3 hr Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

The Wild Coast Track is mostly road and is well marked when it leaves the road. The track covers many different environments including:

  • streams which will require crossing
  • unsealed roads
  • dunes
  • shingle areas.

There are spots for camping, a picnic area with water, and a toilet on the track.

Detailed description

This description covers the track from the campsite at Corner Creek in the Wairarapa to the ending at the Wainoumata Coast Road.

From the campsite at Corner Creek, start the Wild Coast Track by following the unsealed coastal road. The old road will pass through an open gate and from here the track enters private land at the Mukamuka Stream valley. This is the first and largest of the stream crossings.

The track will leave the road and come to a picnic and camping area. The track then crosses through shifting dunes. You'll then come to a second stream the which you'll need to ford. There are informal camping spots on the terraces next to this stream. This is the last opportunity for camping before the end of the Wild Coast Track.

You'll need to go through a large metal gate as you enter the Orongorongo Station.

The track then crosses three streams at the Kotumu Fan. This part of the track may have numerous washouts and require you to walk your bicycle for up to 1 km.

Continuing on the track, you'll pass Barny's Whare, a private bookable hut. At a marked junction, the track leaves the main farm track and heads towards the coast and a seal colony.

The track continues to the main entry and exit gate at the Orongorongo River, a car park, and the Wainuiomata Coast Road beyond.

Getting there

From Wellington, travel to the end of the Wainuiomata Coast Road.

From the Wairarapa, the track begins at Ocean Beach at Corner Creek.

Know before you go

  • The track crosses a number of working farms where stock and farm vehicles may be present. Keep to the track.
  • Keep away from washed out edges.
  • Do not cross streams or rivers if they are flooded.
  • The area is remote and exposed to the weather with little or no shelter, especially from the south. Cell phone coverage is minimal. Take suitable clothing. If riding, take spare parts for the bike and a first aid kit.

Contacts

Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Wellington
6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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