Paekakariki escarpment – Te Aroha MTC Walk 15 April 2017
After the emails were flying from me on the Western side of the Tararaua’s to the Club members on the eastern side of the Taries it was the Westerners who prevailed and took on the mighty Te Aroha Trail from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay. Leaving Tokomaru late morning in rain we were not holding out much hope for the forcasted Clear weather but alas the further south we travelled the better the weather was. We parked at the Paekakariki train station and hit the foot path heading south along SH1 to the start of the track. We were soon climbing steadily southwards getting ever so higher above SH1 and the main trunk line. After gaining more altitude and some steps we stopped for a break and to admire the views to the south, north and Kapiti Island.
After more upwards steps were conquered we had reached the high point of the trail where the breeze was steadily blowing at us but nothing like the classic Tararua tops wind. Next was the many stairs heading downwards towards the swing bridges and more stairs. Ever so gradually we lost altitude and found ourselves walking along the Main trunk line towards the Pukerua Bay Train station where we boarded a Train for Paekakariki. 10 mins later we were back at our car after a 3 hour walk.
Members were Ben, Ronnie, Scarlett (8), Bob (7) and Vinnie (4).
Excellent time had by all.