Kapakapanui is a foothill of the Tararuas, and as such, offers great views of the Tararuas themselves (and of the Southern Crossing).

For a detailed description of the loop track up Kapakapanui, see the Tramper.co.nz’s ‘A Vague Guide to Mt. Kapakapanui’ or Mike McGavin’s first Kapakapanui trip or Mike McGavin’s second Kapakapanui trip

List Status Official
Elevation 1,102 m (3,615 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Wellington
Location Coordinates 40° 55′ 57″ S, 175° 9′ 43″ E
Nearest Town/s Waikanae, Wellington
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 6-8 hours (return)
Distance 11.0 km (6.8 mi)
Start/End Points Ngatiawa Road
Difficulty Help.gif Hard
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Steep embankments
Season Help.gif All year
Sights Views , Views of Kapiti Coast, Kapiti Island, and the Tararuas.
Hazards Can be slippery.

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We choose to stay in a bach or holiday house when on our trips - which you can book through Bookabach.
Or for more accommodation options, we recommend finding a hotel or motel on Agoda.com.
For car hire, you can book from Snap Rentals- with pickup locations at Auckland Airport, Auckland City, Christchurch Airport, Queenstown Airport, and Queenstown Town Centre
Once back from your hike, treat yourself to a beer from Behemoth Brewing