Editorial: Walking around Ōtaki

Otaki River and the TararuasHow about a walk to find out a bit more about Ōtaki? There are many walks to explore aspects of our historic town.

  1. The town walk. From the State, down Mill Road to Ōtaki Village (2km). Back up Waerenga Road.
  2. Haruatai Park. The undulating perimeter track around the playing fields, past the Millennium Forest. If you’re adventurous, there’s a track from the NW side of the perimeter track that will take you through the grounds of the old Hospital, that leads to the cemetery.This is a fabulous walk.
  3.  Pareomatangi Reserve. From the Railway station carpark, follow the path adjacent to the railway line, to Rahui Road, go left for 100m and you find Pareomatangi —10 acres of parkland with extensive native planting. Great place to walk your dog.
  4. The Pipi Trail. From the Telegraph Hotel in Ōtaki village, head along Te Rauparaha Street. Three churches, several schools and Tainui marae. Keep going and you’ll find yourself at the Golf club.
  5. Cemetery to Rangiatea. From Mill Road, go up Anzac Road to the cemetery. Explore the Chinese section, proceed to Lupin Road, and you’ll find yourself at Rangiatea Church. The grounds are worth exploring, the church is lovely.
  6. Ōtaki Beach. From the Surf club, walk 3km North to the Waitohu stream. Great beach for dogs, every day the beach is different.Alternatively, park in Atkinson Ave, cross the footbridge and from the viewing platform look over the estuary. The rivermouth is particularly impressive. Even in summer, the Otaki River is awesome.
  7. Ōtaki River. From State highway walk up the northern bank to Chrystalls Bend. See the extensive plantings of the ‘Friends’. Or you can walk through the gravel yards down the northern bank to the viewing platform.
  8. Country Walk. Down Waitohu Valley Road, up Ringawhati Road to Rahui Road, back beside the racecourse. If you’re feeling energetic, divert down Greenwood Boulevard, up Sunglo Terrace, for a fantastic view of the Kapiti Coast, right out to Kapiti Island
  9. Rangiuru Road. From the Telegraph Hotel, down Rangiuru, you’ll see vestiges of how Ōtaki was once a thriving market gardening town. If you’re lucky you might still see a bent back and a coolie hat!Yes, we haven’t discussed Te Horo or Te Horo beach. That’s for next time!