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Outdoor adventures

Get active in the great outdoors. Kāpiti is surrounded by nature with easy access to rafting, abseiling, mountain biking and more.

Rafting and abseiling at Ōtaki Forks

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Raft down the river from Ōtaki Forks with Captivate Adventures. Try their unique night raft guided by glow worms.

For land lovers, they also offer climbing and abseiling adventures and a challenge ropes course.

Mountain biking

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There are plenty of trails great for mountain biking. Try Queen Elizabeth Park in Paekākāriki or head to nearby Whareroa Farm.

Kāpiti's cycleways are a fantastic place to take a bike ride with the kids and Harutai Park in Ōtaki has a new pump track for bikes, great for beginners.

Adventure Kapiti offers guided mountain biking for riders of all abilities in a range of locations. Bike through native bush, along the coast or into the hills. Dirt Farm is a series of dedicated mountain biking tracks, complete with jumps training area and more.

Go for a horse trek

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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.

Fish on the river or hunt in the ranges

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Fly fishing for brown trout on Ōtaki river is possible all year round and Waikanae river from 1 October to 30 April. Both are beautiful rivers which are easy to fish.

You will need a licence which can be obtained from the Hunting and Fishing shop in Ōtaki or online from Fish & Game New Zealand

Find out more about fishing in Kāpiti.

If you're keen to go hunting, the Tararua Ranges is good or try Awarua Day Hunts which has fallow and red deer available on 40ha of stocked private land with streams, native and pine forest. 

Try paintballing or laser tag with your mates

Get the adrenalin pumping at Adrenalin Kapiti Coast, which offers paintball and laser tag. Enjoy a battle in a beautiful Kāpiti setting. Located in the Lindale complex in Paraparaumu near Southward Car Museum.