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With 40 kilometres of sandy beaches, you're spoilt for choice in Kāpiti.
The surf’s often up in Paekākāriki. When it’s not, paddle boarding in the sunset is a popular pastime. Many enjoy fishing off the beach.
Safe swimming is available at the north end of The Parade where the Paekākāriki Surf Lifeguards patrol during the summer months.
Campbell Park and skate park on Wellington Road is a great place for the kids to play while mum and dad enjoy the vast ocean views.
Paraparaumu Beach is a sandy, safe swimming and child friendly beach. It is popular for fishing, boating, kayaking and you will often see people with crab nets or collecting shellfish here.
The largest of the seaside villages, Paraparaumu Beach has a range of shops, cafés, restaurants, holiday accommodation and a bustling Saturday market with local produce arts and crafts, and buskers.
Raumati Beach and Raumati South both have sandy beaches great for swimming, surf casting, kayaking and other water sports.
There is a boat ramp at the beach behind Marine Gardens with a tractor available from the Raumati Sports Fishing Club. The club runs a popular annual surf casting competition.
Waikanae's beach is down Te Moana Road – ‘the road to the sea’ – which is awash with cherry blossoms in spring.
The wide expanse of uncrowded beach is home to the Landsailing Kāpiti Club that regularly offers ‘have a go’ days when you can try one of their Blokarts and have a blast landsailing down the beach.
Waikanae Beach is renowned for its international cuisine. Several cafes and restaurants are staffed by chefs from around the world who have chosen this idyllic spot in which to work.
Ōtaki is known for surfing with the Surf Life Saving Club and the Epic Surf School based on the beach at Byron’s Holiday Resort.
The estuary is a popular spot for fishing and is one of the easiest places for children to catch their first fish.
The beach is also the venue for the annual Ōtaki Kite Festival. International kite makers and flyers come to this popular event which features kite fighting, music, stalls and hundreds of kites on display.
Paraparaumu is the gateway to Kāpiti Island, New Zealand’s oldest nature reserve. If you're heading to Kāpiti Island in summer, bring togs and a snorkel for a refreshing swim before your trip back to the mainland.