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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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.