A man who was walking on a new walking track on Kapiti has died, police have confirmed.
Emergency services were called to the scene at the Paekakariki Escarpment track north of Wellington, which is also called “Stairway to Heaven,” at around 1:10pm on Monday.
Stuff reported that two people–Jason and Fenella Christie–saw that the man “just got to the top of stairs and collapsed … It was a bit of a surreal moment.”
“We attended a man who suffered a medical event. We’ve just had reports he’s deceased.” Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman Greg Cottrell told reporters.
Emergencey services and people who were on the trail attempted to perform CPR, but did not succeed. The track was also reportedly packed, and the steep terrain made it harder for rescuers to get to the scene.
The man was reportedly with his wife at the time of the accident.
According to police, the man, who was in his 60s, may have fallen and hit his head. This, however, will not be confirmed until the coroner releases the official report. The death was not reported as suspicious.
The track was opened to the public just this month. It has a total of 492 steps, serving a part of the Te Araroa trail, and stretches 10km alongside State Highway 1 between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay.