Explore the Kapiti Coast
Amazing nature, 40 kilometres of unspoilt beaches, a relaxed warm community and intriguing heritage.
Villages and towns, beaches and forest, birds and marine life, artists and entrepreneurs. All close by and every corner has a new story for your stay.
Otaki, Te Horo, Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Raumati and Paekakariki.
Explore Kāpiti’s easy, picturesque cycle and walkways or challenge yourself on mountain bike trails and escarpment walks. Amble along the golden coastline on one of the many beaches or embrace the nature reserves and habitats full of native birds and plants.
Play golf, visit art galleries, visit Southwards Car Museum and the markets or just idle the time away in a café and watch the world go by.
Just 50 km north of Wellington with just as much history.
Steam trains and trams, community museums, Queen Elizabeth Park and the US Marine Memorial, the dramatic 14-metre-high statue of the Virgin Mary 75 metres above the streets, all part of a rich heritage trail.
Solitary enjoyment or casual relaxation with a few friends. Adventure in the Tararua Ranges or fishing for the big ones off shore.
Home to Tuatara Brewing, Kapiti Ice Cream and Cheese, the Kapiti Chocloate Factory and many more artisan producers and growers.
A foodie heaven with fresh produce, markets, restaurants, bars and cafes.
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Southwards Car Museum
While away some time visiting one of the world's largest private car collections. Beautiful grounds and incredible vehicles from a Model T Ford to a Delorean from "Back to the Future" movie fame.
Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway
The trail begins alongside the railway tracks near sea level. Like much of the rest of the Te Araroa Trail, this section is a different experience to backcountry tramping.
Kapiti Island Nature Tour
One of New Zealand's oldest nature reserves with a unique heritage. Abundant and diverse bird life and plant life naturally protected by the surrounding sea. Little Spotted Kiwi, Takahe, Kaka, Weka and Tui.
Paekakariki Station Museum
The Station Museum consists of 4 major sections, General History, Maori Taonga, Railway History and a section containing US Marines WW2 items. Many of the town inhabitants are still today either ex railway or come from railway families.
Did you know?
Kāpiti is home to around 50,000 people in a string of coastal villages and communities facing the iconic Kāpiti Island. Both the island and Nga Manu Bird Sanctuary are significant conservation efforts with a remarkable history.