The southernmost seaside village in Kāpiti, Paekākāriki is seen as the creative hub of the district with many actors, dancers, musicians, film-makers, artists and sculptors choosing to make their home here. You can visit artists at work in the art hub or enjoy the village Art Walk.

People walking over swing bridge on Escarpment trail

Artistic haven

Paekākāriki, at the southern fringe of the Kāpiti Coast, is well-known as an artistic haven. This is reflected throughout the main street where you’ll find colourful flags adorning historic buildings and cafes bubbling with activity.

Situated in the heart of the village, St Peter’s Hall hosts some of the best gigs you are ever likely to go to and often attracts musicians who would never play any other town of this size. Check the community calendar to see what’s on. 

The village maintains and celebrates its rail history. Stroll to the Paekākāriki Station Museum or go on a heritage steam rail adventure. 

Steam train close up
Paekakariki Rail and Heritage Museum
paekakariki market cootes
Te Araroa Paekakariki Escapment Walk_ girls walking down the track

Escarpment Track: Te Araroa is not to be missed with stunning ocean, sky and Kapiti Island views

Paekakariki Rail and Heritage Museum 2
Couple walking trail in Queen Elizabeth Park

Get out and explore

Surrounded by hills, sea and parkland, Paekākāriki has a wealth of walks and cycleways. Bike through Queen Elizabeth Park to the Tramways Museum and visit the U.S. Marines memorial. During World War II, Paekākāriki served as a major base for U.S.Marines with over 15,000 Marines stationed in the area. For those after something more challenging, the popular Escarpment Track: Te Araroa is not to be missed with stunning ocean, sky and Kapiti Island views.

Whether you’re arty or active, you’ll find plenty to do in this vibrant little village. Nau mai, haere mai!


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