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Kāpiti Heritage Event

Celebrate Kāpiti Heritage on Wellington Anniversary Weekend by visiting the exhibitions across the coast, winning prizes and more!

From Paekakariki to Otaki, the nine museums in the Discover Kapiti Heritage Group will showcase the district’s rich and vibrant history with exhibitions and other activities over Wellington Anniversary Weekend on 19-21 January.

Discover Kapiti Heritage group chairman, Allan Carley says, “This event promotes the history of the district and is an ideal chance for people to visit more of the Kāpiti’s museums, learn about our amazing past, and be in the draw for some great prizes.”

Prizes include a 30 minutes flight around Kapiti with the Kapiti Aero Club and family passes to Southward Car Museum and Wellington Tramway Museum.

Highlights are:

  • 100 years celebration: Otaki Museum, at 49 Main Street, Ōtaki
  • Forgotten Waikanae Racecourse and missionary  Octavius Hadfield: Kapiti Coast Museum, Elizabeth Street, Waikanae
  • Collectables seeking new homes – many artworks for auction : Mahara Gallery, Mahara Place, Waikanae (see
  • Kapiti US Marines Trust display: Marines Memorial, Queen Elizabeth Park; Camp Mackay Trail, Whareroa, and the Paekakariki Station Museum
  • Kāpiti’s transport museums: Southward Car Museum at Otaihanga, Paekakariki Station Museum and Steam Incorporated’s Engine Shed at Paekakariki Station, the Museum of Aviation, Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu, and Wellington Tramway Museum, Queen Elizabeth Park at Mackay’s Crossing.

Mr Carley thanks the sponsors: Kapiti Coast Airport, Waikanae Community Board, Paekakariki Community Board, Kapiti Aero Club, and the Kāpiti Coast District Council.

For more information visit Discover Kapiti Heritage Group.

Image of early stagecoach coming up the Coast from Wellington used by permission from Ernest Papps