Top things to do in Kāpiti

Kāpiti is a haven of activity, whatever your style you'll find something to entertain you. Here are a few options to inspire.

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Cycle the beautiful coastal trails throughout Kāpiti. 
Choose the scenic ride through Queen Elizabeth Park on the Te Ara o Whareroa track from Paekākāriki to Raumati South. Or any of the other gentle or challenging cycleways the region has to offer.

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Escarpment Track

9.1km | Suitable for: Walking

Take in spectacular views of Kāpiti Island from high above the Kāpiti Coastline on one of the region’s finest walking experiences.

The Escarpment Track runs from Paekākāriki to Pukerua Bay, taking in sweeping views of the spectacular Kāpiti Coastline and the region’s famous Kāpiti Island.

Te Araroa Escarpment Track notes

Paekākāriki escarpment track


Catch your own fish!
Fish local rivers (within season and permit) or surf cast off the beach. There's nothing like eating what you've caught yourself.

Taking the kids out? Ōtaki Beach is one of the easiest places for kids to catch their first fish.

Heading out on the boat for the day? It's important that boaties are familiar with the boundaries and rules of the Kāpiti Marine Reserve for any fishing or diving. Check out the Department of Conservation's handy Kāpiti Marine Reserve resource to make sure you're up to date. 

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Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve

Kāpiti Island is a tranquil bird sanctuary and one of New Zealand’s most accessible nature reserves. It's a unique visitor experience in a predator-free paradise. Access is by approved tour operators only. 

Get up close and personal with rare birds such as Kākā, Kōkako, Takahē and Hihi. Wander tracks fringed with dense forest or climb the 521 m peak for panoramic views.

Owing to the proximity of Wellington, there are regular tourist trips to the Island, limited to 160 people per day, and it is an especially popular destination for birdwatchers. Having no natural mammalian predators, New Zealand birds are trusting, and a visitor to the Island is likely to be rewarded by seeing a number of different species.

Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve

Ride a Miniature Railway

Kāpiti Minature Railway

Hop on board the miniature railway at Marine Gardens in Raumati. The double loop track features two tunnels and is just under 1km long. The train runs between 1pm-4pm on Sundays and is $1.50 a trip.

Kāpiti Miniature Railway

Loco Miniature Railway & Garden

Step back in time and experience the elegance and nostalgia of the 1920s. This fascinating miniature landscape covers 1/4 acre where you can enjoy amazing detail at every turn. Our trains are G scale models of some of the first steam locomotives.We also have a pedal-powered ride-on train in the garden that adults and children can enjoy.

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Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

376 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu

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Play the course that tamed Tiger!

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 although he didn't find it easy!

Regarded by many as one of the greatest links courses in the southern hemisphere, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a world renowned layout on the undulating dune land of the Kāpiti Coast.

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course

Southward Car Museum

Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu

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Housing some of the world’s rarest and most valuable vehicles, Southward Car Museum is considered the premier privately owned automotive collection in the Southern Hemisphere.

The grounds include stunning landscaped gardens and lake including a bush walk.

There are regular theatre and music performances, and conference and exhibition facilities are available for hire. Refreshments available from the gift shop. Watch for the annual Open House and Auto Jumble Sale Days, advertised on their website and in the press.

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Get wet at a splash pad

Try out one of the splash pads with the kids or grandkids. Marine Gardens in Raumati Beach comes complete with splashpad, playground and you can even ride on the miniature trains on the rise above the playground.

Haruātai Park in Ōtaki has a brand new splashpad up the hill next to the pool complex that complements the keyhole basketball court, picnic tables with shade sails and Kāpiti's tallest swing. 


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