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Getting to Kāpiti

The Kāpiti Coast is just 45 minutes north of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Kāpiti is easy to get to by road, rail or air.

From Wellington

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Driving

Kāpiti is 45 minutes from Wellington on State Highway 1 and the Expressway. It takes 1 hour to Ōtaki, the northernmost part of Kāpiti.

Train

There are regular trains to Paekākāriki, Paraparaumu and Waikanae from Wellington. Check Metlink for details.

If you're travelling further north, the Northern Explorer (a scenic train service connecting Wellington and Auckland) travels through the Kāpiti Coast. The service heads north from Wellington on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. You need to book in advance to ensure the train stops at Paraparaumu Station.

Bus

Intercity has coach services stopping at Paekakariki, Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Te Horo and Ōtaki.

 

From the north

Driving

Driving times

Time
Auckland to Paraparaumu 7 hours 20 minutes
Taupō to Paraparaumu3 hours 30 minutes
Gisborne to Paraparaumu 5 hours 40 minutes
Napier to Paraparaumu3 hours 35 minutes
New Plymouth to Paraparaumu3 hours 30 minutes

Flights

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Kāpiti Coast Airport

Kāpiti Coast Airport is located in Paraparaumu. Built in 1939, at one point it was the busiest airport in New Zealand. Today it is a gateway to the Kāpiti Coast and used by tourists, locals and business people.

Air 2 There fly to Paraparaumu from Nelson and Blenheim.

Sounds Air fly to Paraparaumu from Blenheim and Nelson.

 

 

 

Getting around

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Car hire

There are two hire companies within easy reach of Kāpiti Coast Airport – Rent Me Rentals and Can Do Rentals.

Car accessories

Sweet Seat hires out everything for your children's safety- car seats, portacots, strollers and more, so you can travel lightly and keep your kids safe. 

Local bus service

Metlink runs regular bus services throughout Kāpiti connecting the towns and villages on the coast.

Driver Hire

Copper Top offers a private car service including airport transfers, corporate services, private wine tours and scenic touring. 

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