Very enjoyable beach walk takes you along the waterfront from Raumati and along side Queen Elizabeth park into Paekakariki. The tide was out enough initially to allow us to walk along the beach most of the way, then when the tide came in we moved to the path just above the beach. The views of Kapiti Island were very clear and Mana Island is on the horizon. We had good weather and the wind was quiet and calm. We went into the Green Parrot Cafe for lunch and to our surprise Rob Wakelin and a couple of Te Araroa Trustee's where having lunch there also. We joined them and all shared some fantastic stories and heard about the work going on to extend the current pathway of the Paekakariki Escarpment all the way to Pukerua Bay. I did think we were lucky to have this chance meeting and was great to hear about the South Island we are about to embark on. We walked the three kms of the current track up the hill and went a bit further to see if we could safely get through but even though you can see the swing bridges that will form part of the new through section, you aren't able to link it all together. So we turned around. This will be really beautiful when it's all linked and a great alternative to the current road link. The views are awesome, steep up hill and narrow but doesn't take long to get rewarded with great views. It was a bit odd to turn around for a change and as it goes it feels so much faster on the way back. Today was a great day.