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Address: Main Highway, Otaki, New Zealand

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Makes my Soul Sing

The Otaki River has a delightfully remote feeling and yet is still so close to town and SH1. There is nothing quite like coming back from Wellington, popping on togs and finding... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 September 2016
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Otaki, New Zealand
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Otaki, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

The Otaki River has a delightfully remote feeling and yet is still so close to town and SH1. There is nothing quite like coming back from Wellington, popping on togs and finding your favourite swimming hole. From the chill of the river at the Otaki Forks to the us warmed spot near the river mouth it is wonderful. The walk... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

You can start the walk by the Otaku river bridge and walk in either direction. Personally we prefer to walk up stream as it has a nice little forestry but and a pretty section with a picnic bench by the river that you can stop for a picnic at. Down stream is a little more industrial as you walk along... More 

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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Oh such a beautiful walk, as did this a few week's ago, i didn't know that it was there, Just a lovely stroll around the river very peaceful.

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Thank Anne3826
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Beautiful easy walk weather it be cycled, walked. run or on horseback its a gorgeous walk! It can be as long as four hours walk for the full return trip or as short as you want by just turning back at any point.

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Levin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

A great, easy walk along the river. It is quite long, but not hard to do. You can walk up the river, towards the hills, or down towards the sea. There is parking, just off the State highway. One day we took bikes, and that was good too. There are supposed to be trout in the river but my husband... More 

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Otaki, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

Lovely wandering along the Otaki River,peaceful and serene.There are also a number of very nice cafes and restaurants very close to the river

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

Nice walk if you follow the river on the rocks .... But then you'll need good walking shoes ! If you follow only the trail we found it unfortunate that for a long time you don't see the river !! Nice views of the mountain.

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

Walked this on a sunny Winter's day and loved the variety of scenery and native trees planted along the river. Delightful 2 hour walk.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015

We parked in the car park by the bridge and rode our bikes along the track all the way to the sea. It is very picturesque and peaceful beside the river with many places to stop for a picnic or splash in the water.

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Wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2014

The Chrystals Bend is one of the most enjoyable I have done. There have been more extensive plantings by Friends of the Otaki River and it is being extended past the lagoon. Part of me wants to keep this quiet and part wants to share!!!!

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