Click to go to the Porirua Pathfinder page.Te Ara Piko Pathway: Top 12 Tracks No. 5

This easy, flat walkway runs along the northern edge of Pauatahanui Inlet through native salt marshes and wetland habitat. This area is a nationally important estuary.

The walkway currently stretches about 3.4 kilometres from Motukaraka Point to the south end of Pauatahanui village, where there is an underpass link into Whitby. The intention is for the pathway to eventually ring the Inlet. The first part of the walk travels along the quiet Motukaraka Road, then becomes gravel as it winds through salt marsh vegetation, with stretches of boardwalk and bridges to Pauatahanui Village. It takes about 40 minutes one way and is pram-friendly, but care needs to be taken with children as parts are adjacent to a busy road.

Visit the Te Ara Piko website for detailed information.

Note: Parts of this pathway may be flooded in extreme high tides.

Sign at entrance to Te Ara Piko Pathway.
View showing sign at entrance to Te Ara Piko.

Walkers on Te Ara Piko walkway.
Walkers on Te Ara Piko.

A seat on Te Ara Piko Pathway.
A seat on Te Ara Piko where walkers can sit and enjoy the view.

To celebrate the completion of the Te Ara Piko section between Motukaraka Point and Pauatahanui village, a short video viewed from the air was commissioned.

This video was completed using a small unpiloted multi-rotor aircraft coupled with a camera, owned by local company "Altitude Images". The camera mounted on the small aircraft gives a birdseye view of the pathway and the surrounding inlet environment.

View the Te Ara Piko video on YouTube.

How to get there

Start from the western end of Motukaraka Point Road, by the carpark beside the public toilets.

Click on the image to view the Te Ara Piko line drawing map (pdf). Maps


A shared-use path - Walkers; Bikes; Wheelchairs with assistance.


Dogs are permitted off lead from the public toilets at the western end of Motukaraka Point to 33 Motukaraka Point Road, but from that point onwards, dogs must be on a lead.


Toilets: At the western end of Motukaraka Point
Cafes: In the nearby Pauatahanui Village and at the Mana shops.

Grade: Easiest (Slopes 0 – 4%)

Elevation: Te Ara Piko Pathway.

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Links to other Tracks

You can now enter the Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve from the Walkway. Please refer to "Porirua's Great Walking and Cycling Tracks" brochure (1.9MB 2 page pdf) for more information.


After walking this pathway, go to Pauatahanui Village, and explore the walkways at the Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve.

Environment Code

  • Protect plants and wildlife
  • Remove rubbish
  • Keep to the track
  • Consider other people
  • Clean up after your dog

Code of Conduct for Shared Pathways

  • Keep left
  • Consider others
  • Cyclists: use hand signals, warn others when passing and always give way to pedestrians. If necessary, give way to uphill users.


We hope you enjoy our Top 12 Tracks, and have the opportunity to complete all 12. Fill in our online feedback form with ideas for improvements, or reporting any issues or problems you encountered.