24 Hours to Relax & Unwind
TAKE TIME FOR BRUNCH
Two Fat Chefs
30 - 31 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu
Nestled into the Paraparaumu waterfront is a fantastic cafe, after opening in 2019 it has quickly become a local favourite and is regularly packed out for Sunday brunches! Two Fat Chefs is the perfect place to sit down and watch Paraparaumu go by!
STROLL THROUGH LOCAL MARKETS
Paraparaumu Beach Market
Cnr Marine Parade and Maclean Street, Paraparaumu Beach
7.30am – 12.30pm - Every Saturday
Established in 1999, the Paraparaumu beach market runs every Saturday, come rain or shine. A wonderful community spirit and exuberant market hustle and bustle will great you every time, a fantastic market where no two vendors are the same.
Waikanae Community Market
Waikanae Park Playground, Park Avenue, Waikanae
8am to 12noon - Every Saturday
Huge market featuring fruit and veg, cheeses, honey, baking, preserves, olive oil, plants, herbs, bric-a-brac, crafts, Kombucha, retro and collectibles, fresh flowers, books, coffee, etc, etc. Something for everyone and something different every week.
MEANDER ALONG THE BEACH
One of the two Surf Lifesaving New Zealand patrolled beaches on the Kāpiti Coast, in the summer months Ōtaki Beach is not only fantastic for families, but it is also popular with surfers, sea kayakers, SUP boarders and boaties.
Well known for the variety of swells the beach gets due to it being north of Kapiti Island the conditions vary from glassy, flat swimming conditions to wind-swept waves. It is an ever-changing beach that offers something for everyone.
Every February Ōtaki Beach hosts the iconic Ōtaki Kite Festival when the whole beach comes alive with colourful kites, market stalls, entertainment and families galore.
Facilities next to the Surf Club include: car parking, toilets, changing rooms, BBQs and picnic tables.
At the South end of Ōtaki Beach, the stony Ōtaki River mouth and estuary area is a popular spot for surf casting and provides spectacular views from the ocean to the mighty Tararua Ranges. Walkers, horse riders and intrepid cyclists can travel the almost 7km trail from the Ōtaki River to the Ohau River in the north. Alternatively, walk upriver following the 5.4km Ōtaki River trail - you're sure to find a great swimming spot along the way!
Ample horse float parking is available along Marine Parade at the end of Rangiuru Road.
The largest of the seaside villages, Paraparaumu Beach is a popular family destination with safe-swimming, family-friendly facilities and easy access.
Walk, scooter, skate or bike along the paved beachside path, or make a day of it and let the kids run wild at Kāpiti favourite, Maclean Park - home to a marine-themed playground, large skate park and basketball hoop, the park has BBQ facilities and plenty of grassy spaces to picnic.
For those looking to enjoy a day on the water, Kāpiti Boating Club offers a well-marked boat launching access area. Kapiti Island Nature Tours and Kapiti Island Eco Tours provide seasonal tours to Kapiti Island that launch from the Boat Club.
Beyond the beach, you’ll find an array of shops, cafes, restaurants, holiday accommodation and a bustling Saturday market with local produce, arts and crafts and buskers.
Facilities include: Car parking, toilets, changing rooms, water fountains.
INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH
Joe and Joy
11 Mahara Place, Waikanae
Coffee and freshly prepared food shared with loved ones is one of the great joys of life! Whether you are relaxing in Joe and Joy café with a coffee, choosing a special occasion cake from their range, ordering catering online for your next meeting, the delicious food and fantastic service will ensure your experience is a great one. Joe & Joy also offer year-round delivery - click on the link below for the latest info on how to order.
RECONNECT WITH NATURE
3.5km north of Paekākāriki. From State Highway 1, take the Mackay's Crossing exit to Queen Elizabeth Park.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a day out at this shared recreation reserve near Paekākāriki. It doubles as a working farm and network of walking, mountain biking and horse riding trails through retired pastureland, native bush, and wetlands.
With eight different trails on offer and links to the adjoining Akatarawa Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park, this is the perfect spot to pack a picnic and enjoy a day out in an area of uninterrupted natural beauty.
The mountain biking trails within the park are continually being developed by the Kāpiti Mountain Bike Club. Keys for horse bridleways are available by prior arrangement with the Kāpiti Coast District Council.
Horse float parking is available at the main farm entrance, Mackays Crossing.
Waikanae River Trail Loop
7.5km | Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding
A beautiful, mostly shaded walk from Waikanae to Waikanae Beach via the Waikanae River.
Park on the north bank of the Waikanae River at the Tutere Street entrance by Waikanae Beach, take the gentle route along the north bank towards the old SH1. Come back towards the beach on the south bank, crossing the footbridge at Otaihanga Domain.
Look out for diverse bird life and swimming spots.
Horse float parking and mounting blocks are available at the Greenaway Rd entrance, Waikanae.
RELAX OVER DINNER
30 Main Street, Otaki
Located in the heart of historic Ōtaki village, the Ōtaki Kitchen is a wonderfully cosy boutique cafe/restaurant serving a delicious range of a la carte and counter food.
Situated in the Family Hotel building, which was completed in 1881, the interior is a modern nod to bygone times while the simple yet clever combinations of flavours and textures make dining here a delight. Courtyard dining next to the recently re-furbished Civic Theatre provides a fabulous way to watch the world pass by.
The Surfer's Mistress
10 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach
The best way to finish off a day at the beach is with delicious food - and The Surfer's Mistress is the ideal place to go! Hand made Pasta, delicious authentic Italian Pizza, grilled steaks and fresh fish! What more could you want?
Make a weekend of it!
The Kāpiti Coast is the perfect place for a weekend break - turning your visit into something truly special!
Stay amongst the trees in a handcrafted cabin, listen to the waves as you sleep in a beachside bach or be daring with a night of glamping. You'll be astounded by the selection of lovely accommodation options including 5-star luxury lodges, hotels, motels and campgrounds and a huge number of high-quality peer-to-peer spaces (like Air BnBs) - with 500+ properties listed at any one time!