Whakatu Coastal Pathway

Whakatu Coastal Pathway


Whakatu Coastal Pathway provides a continuous off-road urban link between between Stoke and Richmond, and is popular for walking, running and cycling. The pathway begins in Annesbrook and closely follows Whakatu Drive along the Waimea Inlet coastline for most of its length. It connects to Monaco Peninsula Loop and Nelson Airport Perimeter Walkway, and also forms part of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.

 

 Trail Details
Length:  6.2 km Annesbrook to Reservoir Creek Trail Type:  Shared Pathway
Uses:  Walking, running and cycling Primary Direction:  Either
Physical Difficulty:  Easy    Technical Difficulty:  Easy   
Links to: Railway Reserve, Nelson Airport, Monaco Peninsula, Poorman Stream Walkway, Orphanage Stream Walkway, Reservoir Creek Walkway
Length:  6.2 km Annesbrook to Reservoir Creek
Trail Type:  Shared pathway
Physical Difficulty:  Easy   
Uses:  Walking, running and cycling
Primary Direction:  Either
Links to: Railway Reserve, Nelson Airport, Monaco Peninsula, Poorman Stream Walkway, Orphanage Stream Walkway, Reservoir Creek Walkway
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 Trail Access and Description

The northern end of Whakatu Coastal Pathway begins at Annesbrook roundabout, near the World of Wearable Art museum. Here an underpass goes beneath Whakatu Dr, giving access to Railway Reserve Pathway. The pathway crosses Quarantine Rd, goes beneath Nayland Rd Overbridge and continues alongside Whakatu Dr to a T junction with the Airport-Monaco pathway, which connects to Nelson Airport Perimeter Walkway. Turn left at this junction, cross Poorman Stream (where Poorman Stream Walkway connects via an underpass), and continue through to Point Rd. Cross Point Rd and follow the pathway around the cove to the Honest Lawyer.

South of the Honest Lawyer the pathway weaves between open grass and native tree plantings in the coastal reserve land between Whakatu Dr and Waimea Inlet. After 1.3 km the reserve ends and the pathway runs immediately alongside the northbound lanes of Whakatu Dr to Orphanage Stream underpass (giving access to Railway Reserve Pathway), and on to Reservoir Creek underpass (Champion Rd).

The underpass through to Champion Rd marks the southern end of the Whakatu Coastal Pathway. Two respective sections of the Great Taste Trail begin here; the Richmond-Mapua section continues west around Waimea Estuary, and the Richmond-Wakefield section continues southwest alongside Richmond Deviation. Champion Road underpass links through to the Tasman Aquatic Centre, and connects directly to the Reservoir Creek Walkway.

 

 Route Suggestion

The primary purpose of Whakatu Coastal Pathway is to provide a safe urban link for people travelling between Richmond and Stoke or Nelson, and it serves as an important route for cycling commuters and students. It combines very well with the other urban pathways and tracks that connect to it, allowing for numerous routes and circuits to be made.

A circuit combining Whakatu Coastal Pathway and Railway Reserve Pathway is 9.4 km; this is the longest flat, off-road loop that you can do around Stoke. For extra distance you can add Monaco Peninsula or Nelson Airport Perimeter.

 

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