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Top things to do in Kāpiti

Get adventurous, bring the family or simply relax on the coast. Here are our picks for some of the top things to do in Kāpiti.

See rare New Zealand birds on Kāpiti Island

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See some of our rarest and most endangered birds at one of New Zealand's oldest nature reserve. Climb to the top of Kāpiti Island and enjoy an incredible panoramic view from the South Island to Taranaki.

Check out amazing classic cars

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See the largest private collection of rare and collectible cars in the Southern Hemisphere at Southward Car Museum. There's a gangster Cadillac that was owned by gangster Mickey Cohen, as well as some newly acquired modern classics including a Lamborghini and Ferraris that you can inspect close-up.

Try some of our craft beer brews

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Go to a craft beer tasting session at Tuatara Brewery with matched hors d’oeuvres made from local ingredients. Or try one of our other great craft beers.

Learn about the local Flora & Fauna of the Coast at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve

Ngā Manu Nature Reserve has a highly trained staff of rangers who will teach you about the local birds and plants of the Kāpiti Coast. Watch kiwis getting fed at 11am in their nocturnal house or head to the pond at 2pm for eel feeding and a talk. 

Go for a tramp or walk the 'Stairway to Heaven'

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Tramp in the Tararua Forest Park or walk the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ section of the national Te Araroa Trail. you'll get amazing views from the top and on the way down!

Take refreshments at Ruth Pretty’s Springfield House

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Have a coffee and slice of cake at Ruth Pretty’s Springfield House. Explore the kitchen and garden shop or maybe even take a cooking class.

Cycle the beautiful coastal trails


Cycle through Queen Elizabeth Park on the Te Ara o Whareroa track from Paekākāriki to Raumati South. Or choose any of the other gentle or challenging cycleways.

Eat fish and chips on the beach

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Enjoy a takeaway and sunset on ‘Fish 'n Chip Hill’ in Paraparaumu Beach. A safe swimming beach popular with families and beach-side shops nearby.

Play the course that tamed Tiger

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Follow in the footsteps of Tiger Woods and play golf at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. The world's number one golfer played here in the New Zealand Open though didn't find it easy.

Get wet at a splash pad

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Kāpiti has almost 50 playgrounds. Try the Marine Gardens playgrounds and splash pad with the kids or grandkids, and ride on the miniature trains next door.

Catch your own fish

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Fish for whitebait and trout on Waikanae or Ōtaki rivers or surf cast off the beach. There's nothing like eating what you've caught yourself. Ōtaki Beach is one of the easiest places for kids to catch their first fish.