There’s heli-biking, remote tracks in the rugged Akatarawa Ranges, single track and some insane downhill at Kohitere Forest Levin, and easier rides at Whareroa Farm. In March the gruelling 50km Karapoti Classic race is on in Akatarawa Valley (and the easier version, the 20km Karapoti Challenge).
Cruisy Kapiti has a warm climate and beautiful beaches, including Raumati. Opposite Paraparaumu is Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, a haven for rare native birds, including kiwi (permit needed to visit).
No one plans to get lost, but sometimes it happens. Everyone, including me - and perhaps especially me - should be better prepared for the possibility of losing their bearings and having to find their way out. It’s a hard lesson to learn, and all too often a lesson that’s only learnt after an ‘enlightening’ few hours on the trail, some cuts, a bruised ego and finally emerging with a smile of relief.