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Beach activities

Whether you're into swimming or fishing, taking a romantic walk, making sandcastles or trying land sailing, Kāpiti has the beach for you. Here are the best ways to enjoy the miles of our beautiful coastlines.

Cool off with a swim

kapiti swimming at the beach

There are safe swimming beaches at Paekākāriki, Raumati, Paraparaumu, Peka Peka, Waikanae, Te Horo and Ōtaki.

Take a kayak for a paddle

kayaking Kapiti

Kayaking is great fun from any of the beaches... It's a great way to enjoy the majestic view of Kāpiti island and float over the marine reserve. if you're lucky you might even see a pod of whales!

Ride a horse along the beach

kapiti horse riding on the beach

A horse ride on the beach is unforgettable, particularly at sunset.

Stables on the Park at the Te Horo Equestrian Centre offers horse riding treks to the beach, and Beachbrook Stables can take you for a ride on Ōtaki Beach. Beach horse treks are also available with the Kāpiti Equestrian Centre in Waikanae.

Horses are welcome on all Kapiti beaches with some restrictions near urban areas during summer. Check access details here.

Try out land sailing on Waikanae Beach


The wide expanse of uncrowded beach is home to the Landsailing Kapiti Club who regularly offer ‘have a go’ days when you can try one of their Blokarts and have a blast landsailing down the beach.

Call or txt Ian on 027 457 5068 or email Landsailing Kapiti Club.

Go surfing at Ōtaki Beach

kapiti surfing

Ōtaki is known for its surf. If you're new to surfing, the Epic Surf School offers surf instruction for all ages and abilities.

Open daily during summer. Two hour lessons from $65, top quality surfboards and wetsuits provided free.

Explore underwater

The coast is great for exploring underwater and Kāpiti Island has some top dive spots including the Hole-in-the-Wall underwater archway.

Hire snorkelling and diving gear at Paraparaumu's Dive Kapiti on Milne Drive (off Kāpiti Road).