The track climbs to 521 m and offers panoramic views of the Waikanae Estuary and Kapiti Island.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

3 – 4 hr to Huia Street Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


Olearia paniculata or akiraho can be seen on the Te Au Track. Photo: Jeremy Rolfe.
Olearia paniculata (akiraho) can be
seen on the Te Au Track

Follow Parata Walking Track to the lookout. From there a marked route, suitable for well equipped and experience trampers, leads north.

Getting there

The main entrance to Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve is at Tui Crescent, where there is a small parking area by a reservoir.

Know before you go

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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