Parks and playgrounds
Take the kids to one of the 50 playgrounds in Kāpiti. Here are some of our top picks.
Haruātai Park Ōtaki
Haruatai Park, Mill Road, Ōtaki
Get wet at the brand new splash pad or try out the pump track on your bike, great for beginners. Haruātai Park in Ōtaki also has a keyhole basketball court, picnic tables with shade sails, toilets and Kāpiti's tallest swing. There's also outdoor exercise equipment if you want to join in the fun!
Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach
Maclean Park playground and skate park in Paraparaumu Beach features a lighthouse, life sized motor boat and trailer, and a mouse wheel.
A Kāpiti favourite, Maclean Park sits between the beach and the shops. Kids love the marine themed playground and 'witch's hat' climbing structure.
Maclean Park is often home to events in the summer so keep an eye out for activities.
Marine Gardens Raumati
Garden Rd, Raumati Beach
This beachfront playground in Raumati Beach is home to a fantastic splash pad, plenty of play equipment including a flying fox and a miniature railway.
Set amidst beautiful trees and flower beds, there are picnic tables in both the sunshine and the shade. There are swings for all ages, a sand pit with a digger and a tunnel slide down a hill.
The miniature train on the bank above the playground features two tunnels and is a double loop track just under 1km long. The train runs between 1pm-4pm on Sundays and is $1.50 a trip.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park, Paraparaumu
Queen Elizabeth Park is the last area of natural dunes on Kāpiti's coastline. Once part of a swathe of duneland stretching from Paekākāriki to Foxton, the park reminds us how the coastline appeared before large-scale human settlement. Greater Wellington Regional Council is working with the community to protect and enhance this environment while providing a great place to enjoy the outdoors.
With its 650 hectares of easy terrain edged by a sandy beach, Queen Elizabeth Park has plenty of space to enjoy swimming, fishing, walking, cycling, horse-riding, picnics or group activities.
The park is steeped in history including pa sites at Whareroa and Wainui beaches and evidence of the 20,000 strong US marine camps from World War II. The Tramway Museum is situated near the MacKays Crossing entrance, with historic trams running on the 2km line to Whareroa Beach.