The story behind Ōtakis hidden gem

See how a major flood protection project has resulted in stunning environmental enhancement by joining the Explore Chrystalls Bend guided walk along the banks of the Ōtaki River on Saturday 25 March.

The once derelict Chrystalls Bend became the site of Greater Wellington Regional Council flood protection works, which provided funding for environmental enhancement of the area carried out by the Friends of Ōtaki River with crucial support from Winstone Aggregates and Kāpiti Coast District Council.

On the day, members of the Friends of Ōtaki River and Greater Wellington’s river ranger will lead a pleasant walk along the Chrystalls Bend walkway to the lagoon, with plenty of opportunities for participants to find out more about Chrystalls Bend and ask questions.

Explore Chrystalls Bend is part of Greater Wellington’s Great Outdoors Summer Events programme. For a full list of events, visit

Explore Chrystalls Bend

Saturday 25 March, 9.30am-11.30am

Greater Wellington Regional Council Ōtaki Depot

SH1, Ōtaki

No need to book everybody welcome. Getting there: From SH1, turn into Riverbank Rd and meet at the Greater Wellington depot (opposite Hooker Pacific transport). For more information visit