48 Hours to Taste Kāpiti
Experience the Kāpiti Coast like never before! Let your palette guide you through cafes, restaurants and eateries, each having excelled in their cuisine of choice! Tantalise your taste buds from locally made chocolates to modern New Zealand dishes at the acclaimed 50-50 restaurant.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Cottage 103 by Sudbury
103 Te Hapua Rd, Te Horo
Simple but elegant, with an open log fire and French doors, Cottage 103 is the ultimate private haven and offers sumptuous seclusion perfect for honeymooners, romantic weekends and that special time away with friends.
The whole cottage is stylish but cosy: deep leather sofas, with skins and rugs to snuggle into, an open fire, SKY TV with surround sound, fluffy bathrobes, French doors onto the expansive deck, two bathrooms, two bedrooms with the finest Egyptian cotton linens (one with a King bed and one with either twin beds or a Superking bed) and, if the well-equipped kitchen fails to persuade you to cook, there are many fantastic cafes and restaurants nearby.
Outside is just as stunning. Perched on a ridge looking over the farm and down the valley, Cottage 103 boasts incredible views from an expansive deck. The beach is a 15-minute walk down a quiet country road where you can enjoy a romantic stroll on the deserted sands before returning to relax in the cedar hot tub under fairy lights. Read the Stuff review
THE TASTES YOU'LL ENJOY
4B Sheffield St, Paraparaumu
Owned and operated by George Duncan and Wai Familton, Duncan’s is the result of a 22,000 km road trip circumnavigating the USA, where they drank their way through a multitude of seasonable and sometimes questionable beer offerings.
Clearly, a beer obsession was born.
Tuatara Brewery & Tap Room
7 Sheffield Street , Paraparaumu
Now with a plethora of regular gigs and events, The Brewery Tap Room is a non-pretentious, casual, and relaxed environment - fostering great hospitality and sociability. Everyone is welcome - from beer connoisseurs on strict tasting business, to work groups popping in for an after work pint or two, as well as enjoy a range of wine, cider and soft drinks.
A visit to the tap room is a great chance to rub shoulders with our award-winning brewers, who frequent the licensed area to carry out all the important "quality control". You can take a little Tuatara home with you too!
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.
Ruth Pretty's Garden Room Cafe & Cooking School
41 School Road, Te Horo
Pretty by name and nature, Ruth's place is a foodie's delight. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm, Ruth Pretty's kitchen shop and Garden Room Cafe is locally famous for their coffee and cake deal. Set in a rustic glass-covered outdoor area it is the perfect place to unwind. The locals make a beeline for the Ginger Gems!
You're not a true foodie until you've graduated from one of Ruth's Cooking school classes!
22 Maclean St, Paraparaumu Beach
Awarded a coveted "HAT" in the 2021/22 Cuisine Good Food Awards, 50-50 was described as having "an exquisiteness to this experience clearly stamps 50– 50 as the best in Paraparaumu’s ever-growing dining cluster".
This praise is what happens when you blend the best local produce, meat and seafood with culinary tweaks, techniques and flavours from all over the world to make delicious modern New Zealand dishes.
Working around the world including for Gordon Ramsay in Tokyo and on super-yachts has honed chef Helen Turnbull's inventive take on food. At this stripped-back eatery she opened with maître d’ Eddy Kennedy, Helen takes admirable risks with an ever-changing menu. Michelin may never visit, but they should.
50 Riverbank Rd, Otaki
With a delicious menu using predominantly local produce and some of the best coffee on the Kāpiti Coast, Gorge Cafe is a great place for brunch, lunch or dinner. Based in Ōtaki, the cafe is the perfect stop as you explore the northern parts of the region! Can't decide from the menu? Check out the amazing cabinet food or mix-and-match from the sides to make your own perfect meal. A great place to soak up the vibes while you try a locally-crafted, award-winning Elemental Cider.
Feeling hot and bothered? Grab a sorbet or gelato to eat in or takeaway. Delicious!
Olde Beach Bakery
3 Ono St, Waikanae Beach, Waikanae
Olde Beach Bakery is the first bakery in Waikanae Beach, and little sister to Long Beach Tavern.
A casual, cheerful, friendly and beautified corner of Waikanae Beach, where people of all walks of life enjoy the delicious baked goods as well as the garden and seating area. The open kitchen design provides customers the opportunity to see the processes involved in creating world class baked goods and this also helps promote dialogue between our bakers and our community.
Olde Beach Bakery offers the best cheese scones, traditional French breads and pastries, delicious handmade pies, as well as milkshake syrups made from scratch.
THINGS YOU'LL EXPLORE
Fly out and over the stunning nature reserve, Kapiti Island and listen to the informative commentary as you are gliding your way through the air. The journey continues back towards the mainland, above the mighty Tararua Ranges and towards Mt Wainui and you get to see into the heart of Transmission Gully. This is one you won't want to miss!
Kāpiti Chocolate Factory
5 Lorien Court, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu
Kāpiti Coast's very own chocolate factory!
Their chocolate makers have over 60 years of combined experience in chocolate, creating a range of delicious handcrafted treats available for the public to purchase from their factory shop. Immerse yourself in the world of chocolate by taking a factory tour and watch (and smell!) chocolate being made.
Kāpiti Chocolate Factory's delicious chocolate creations, including some old favourites and new delights, make a fabulous gift for any occasion or a special treat for yourself. Definitely a local favourite!
Te Horo Beach
One of the lesser-known beaches, Te Horo Beach is the perfect escape for those looking for some peace and solitude. A favourite for walkers and horse riders, the Sims Road and Te Horo Bridleway takes you along the dunes, to the Ōtaki River. A must visit when at Te Horo Beach is a local hidden gem, the Bus Stop Café.
For the full unique country experience, book a beach horse trek or a weekend getaway with Te Horo Equestrian Centre and Farmstay.
Facilities include: Car parking, toilets and changing rooms.
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. Something for everyone and something different every week.