View from junction of Te Au and Parata tracks

Image: Benhi Dixon | Creative Commons


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


Follow Parata Walking Track to the lookout where the junction is signposted. From there a marked route, suitable for well equipped and experienced trampers, leads north, and descends to Huia Street. 

Getting there

The main entrance to Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve is at Tui Crescent, where there is a small parking area by a reservoir. You can also access the reserve off Kakariki Grove where the entrance is signposted. 

You can also start from Huia Street and walk upwards to the summit where it becomes the Parata Walking Track. 

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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