Click to go to the Porirua Pathfinder page.The Taua Tapu Track: Top 12 Tracks No. 2

This rural track between Airlie Road and Plimmerton features extensive views out to Mana Island, Porirua harbours and the surrounding countryside, and on a fine calm day is an ideal walk with a moderate challenge. The track is grass, natural surface and on road, with rolling terrain, and passes through farm land with fence stiles. Strong footwear is recommended. This track is for walkers and horse riders, and at 1.5km takes around 40 minutes one way on foot. Horse riders should note that there is a fence stile on the track (refer to map.)

View from Taua Tapu track looking south.
View from Taua Tapu track looking south towards Porirua City.

How to get there

Enter from the top of The Track, Plimmerton, or towards the northern end of Airlie Road, about 780 metres before it intersects with State Highway One. The Taua Tapu Track entrance is by the bridge over the railway line.

Click on the image to view the Taua Tapu line drawing map (pdf). Maps


Walkers, Horse riders. Not suitable for wheelchairs.


Dogs are not permitted during lambing season from September to December, but are permitted on leads at other times.


Toilets: Public toilets are available at Whenua Tapu Cemetery, approximately 700 metres north of the track's entrance on Airlie Rpad.
Cafes: There are cafes in the Plimmerton Village.

Drinking water: Available at the Whenua Tapu entrance.

Grade: Moderate

Elevation: Taua Tapu Track.

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Links to other Tracks

Track 1, Ara Harakeke Pathway; Track 23, Karehana Bay Scenic Reserve. Please refer to "Porirua's Great Walking and Cycling Tracks" brochure (1.9MB 2 page pdf) for more information.

Recommended Route

Catch the train to Plimmerton and walk the seaside promenade on Sunset Parade/Moana Road up to Reserve Road. Walk up Reserve Road to the start of Karehana track – this travels through scenic reserve and emerges onto The Track. Follow The Track for stunning views, then walk the Taua Tapu Track. At Airlie Road you have the option of returning via Ara Harakeke to Plimmerton shops, or walk back along Taua Tapu Track and follow The Track and Motuhara Road back to the Plimmerton shops.

Environment Code

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


Read about the history of Taua Tapu Track in our Heritage section.


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.