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


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.


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


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Kāpiti Coast Airport

Kāpiti Coast Airport is located at 60 Toru Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu 5032.

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 Chathams fly directly between Paraparaumu and Auckland
  • Air 2 There fly to Paraparaumu from Nelson and Blenheim
  • Sounds Air fly to Paraparaumu from Blenheim and Nelson
  • Heliworx  provide scenic flights around our beautiful region, and connections to accommodation, attractions and activities


From the north

Driving times

Auckland to Paraparaumu  7 hours 20 minutes
Taupō to Paraparaumu 3 hours 30 minutes
Gisborne to Paraparaumu  5 hours 40 minutes
Napier to Paraparaumu 3 hours 35 minutes
New Plymouth to Paraparaumu 3 hours 30 minutes

Getting around

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Car hire

There are two hire companies within easy reach of Kāpiti Coast Airport:

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.