Backpacking & budget friendly accommodation

Visiting Kāpiti on a budget? Whether you’re looking for backpacker accommodation, a freedom camping spot, local Air BnB or an affordable hotel, Kāpiti has got you covered.

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Byron’s Resort Motels & Campground

Your complete holiday destination at Ōtaki Beach, on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast.

Though Byron’s Resort Motels & Campground is just a one hour drive from Wellington, you’ll feel like the city and its stress is worlds away.

Spend days lazing on the beautiful beach, swimming, surfing and fishing, or exploring the food, art and culture of New Zealand’s Nature Coast. Byron's offers comfortable, well-appointed accommodations, a restaurant on-site for you to enjoy, an outdoor swimming pool and a variety of other excellent facilities.

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Kapiti Holiday Resort

Kāpiti Holiday Resort

16 Beach Haven Place, Paraparaumu Beach

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Kāpiti Holiday Resort is a large family Orientated Caravan and Camping ground situated in popular Paraparaumu Beach on the Kāpiti Coast. It is the only motor camp in the lower North Island where each camp site has its own shower and toilet!

Located across the road from beautiful Paraparaumu Beach and nestled among a quiet, quality beach suburb, it's the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Bordered by large evergreen hedging and bathed in all day sunshine, you would never guess you were in the heart of bustling Paraparaumu Beach.

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Ōtaki Forks campsite

One of the main entrances to Tararua Forest Park, the campsite is surrounded by open river terraces and regenerating bush.

Ōtaki Forks has two camping areas: Black Gate campsite (open all year) with 20 sites, and School House Flat campsite (closed in winter) with 150 sites. A campsite ranger is on site October – May. Please be aware there is a total fire ban year round.

Visit the Department of Conservation website to read more about this campsite.

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Accommodation booking sites

Top booking sites for Kāpiti accommodation are:

Air BnB

Book a Bach

Bach Care

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Paekākāriki Holiday Park

180 Wellington Road, Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki

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Welcome to the Paekākāriki Holiday Park! A relaxed holiday park in the small coastal township of Paekākāriki. A 45 minute drive from Wellington City, our holiday park offers cheap accommodation for everyone.

From RV camp sites and caravan travelers to backpackers, retirees and families - everyone can come and unwind, relax and enjoy their stay.

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Freedom Camping

Kilometres of stunning coastline and the captivating backdrop of Kāpiti Island make Kāpiti a must-visit destination for freedom travellers. It's the perfect stopover going to or from Wellington, with a series of coastal communities only an hour's drive north of the Capital.

Fully self-contained vehicles (meaning they must have their own toilet and waste-disposal facilities) are welcome to stay at our nine well-signposted designated sites around the Kāpiti Coast.

Permits are not required, but to enhance campers' stay and experience please:

  • be considerate of residents and other campers
  • remove all rubbish, including solid and liquid waste
  • provide evidence your vehicle is self-contained, if asked by a council officer
  • abide by all council bylaws including camp fires and barbecue use, noise and animal control.

For campers that are not self-contained, Kāpiti has several holiday parks that offer a wide range of facilities. 

Freedom Camping

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Freedom camping

El Rancho

58 Weggery Drive, Waikanae Beach, Waikanae

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Set on a lush green 60 acre site, El Rancho is located alongside the Waikanae River and just a short stroll from Waikanae Beach. Whether you are planning a small retreat or a large conference, we have a lot to offer:

  • A range of accommodation options for groups of 20 - 500+ people

  • Exciting onsite recreational and team building activities 

  • Catering services for groups of 20 - 500+

  • 10 meeting rooms for breakouts or seminars 

  • A 700 seat auditorium and indoor gymnasium

  • Retreat co-ordination services & online registration services

  • Audio and visual equipment

  • Beautiful local attractions including the river, the beach and coastal eateries

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