Explore the Kāpiti Coast Art Trail
Every November the Kāpiti Coast Art Trail surprises and delights visitors, inviting you to explore a wonderland of artist studios, galleries and shared spaces.
Create a self-guided tour of discovery around the beautiful Kāpiti Coast, weaving your way through coastal gardens and arty enclaves that will satisfy you with something special at each stop.
Be welcomed by the artist in their studio and indulge in a feast of colour and texture. Take home treasured art pieces that fill your soul and inspire you.
Bring a friend. Escape for the weekend.
Nestled between the mighty Tararua Ranges in the east, and 40 km of coastline on the west lies the relatively undiscovered Kāpiti Coast. Less than 60 minutes' drive from Wellington, the Coast is a nature lovers' haven with full access to beaches, fantastic swimming, a marine reserve, many kilometres of tracks and trails for walking, cycling and horse-riding and of course the must-visit Kapiti Island.
This self-guided trail sees artists throw open their studio doors and invite people in to see not only the works they have available to purchase but also the magic that goes into creating each unique piece. Every year sees a number of new artists as well as many returning artists - in a delightful combination of both relatively unknown artists and also some globally recognised names.
The unique opportunity to visit artists-in-studio allows art lovers to really connect with the artists - an experience that adds meaning and depth to the art-artist-consumer relationship. It is this personal connection and the chance to choose your own journey that sees visitors returning to the Kāpiti Arts Trail year after year.
Kāpiti Coast Art Trail
5/6 and 12/13 November 2022
The Creative Coast of Kāpiti
For more than 20 years The Kāpiti Coast Art Trail has been delighting visitors, and the 2022 event looks to be the best ever. Every year, over two weekends, Kāpiti’s finest artists open their studio doors and welcome guests into their special creative spaces.
The opportunity to explore and experience first-hand the textures, colours and scents within a creative workspace allows visitors to really connect with artists – and their art. It is this personal insight into the creative process that sets the Kāpiti Coast Art Trail apart from other art events.
Watch art in the making
Incredibly talented local artist Theo Arraj will be creating a masterpiece in the lovely Raumati Village. It’s going to be a beautiful arrival in the village adding vibrancy to the Raumati scene.
Theo's work is beautiful, surprising and often thought-provoking. Watch the mural unfurl over the 4 days of the Kāpiti Coast Art Trail and be delighted by the finished work.
Read about Theo's work here: Kāpiti Coast as a living canvas
Take a Blue Train Art Trail Tour
On the 5th or 12th of November join the Blue Train team for a unique way to explore the Kāpiti Coast Art Trail 2022. Combine arts and heritage on the Blue Train Art Trail Tour for a fabulous day out filled with arts and entertainment.
The tour includes:
- Pick up and drop off at Paraparaumu Station
- Travel on the vintage trolley bus to visit six selected artist studios/galleries
- Morning tea
- Lunch at the Blue Train vintage railway carriage restaurant
- High tea with wine tasting and selection of treats
Explore the Kāpiti Coast Art Trail by e-bike
One of the most delightful ways to explore the Kāpiti Coast Art Trail is to meander along the extensive track network on an e-bike. Visit the artist locations that pique your interest and stop to refuel whichever eatery
Gaye and the lovely team at Kāpiti E-Bike Hire have a special rate just for Art Trail attendees of only $50 per day. Book your bike by phoning 04 298 6626 or head to their Facebook page.
Have a look at some suggested routes here: Kāpiti Coast Art Trail Cycle Maps