Pools, Parks & Playgrounds

Take the kids to one of three pools, two splash pads or the more than 50 parks and playgrounds on the Kāpiti Coast. Here are some of our top picks.

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Tramway Queen Elizabeth Park Kāpiti

Queen Elizabeth Park

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.

Marine Gardens

Garden Rd, Raumati Beach

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This beachfront playground in Raumati Beach is home to a fabulous splash pad, plenty of play equipment, a flying fox and a miniature railway.

Set amidst beautiful trees and flower beds, there are picnic tables and grassy areas in both the sunshine and the shade. There are swings for all ages, a sandpit with a digger, a tunnel slide down a hill and a natural amphitheatre that occasionally hosts events.

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 most weekends in Spring and Summer and is well worth the ride!

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Marine Gardens Raumati Miniature Train
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Coastlands Aquatic Centre

Coastlands Aquatic Centre

10 Brett Ambler Way, Paraparaumu

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Coastlands Aquatic Centre is a stunning state-of-the-art facility, catering for all ages and aquatic abilities. Whether you're looking for exercise, recreation, swimming lessons or a nice cup of coffee, they have something for you. 

The Coastlands Aquatic Centre consists of a 25 x 25-meter lane pool with a moveable floor heated to 28 degrees and a smaller programmes pool with ramp access and a water temperature of 32°c. It uses the latest technology in pool design and is the first aquatic centre in Australasia to have a translucent roof. which reduces energy costs and creates the feeling of being in an outdoor pool.

The complex also features:

  • a toddlers' pool with water features
  • a hydroslide
  • spa pool and sauna (16years+)
  • café
  • KCP Physiotherapy
  • a meeting room for hire.

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Coastlands Aquatic Centre Website

Maclean Park

Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach

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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.

Maclean Park

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Waikanae Outdoor Pool

52 Ngarara Road, Waikanae

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Celebrating a glorious 50 years in 2021, Waikanae Pool is a 33.5-metre outdoor heated pool - with a hydro-slide and inflatables! With 2 smaller toddlers' pools and plenty of space in the park-like setting, it is enough fun to keep the kids happy for hours.

The complex also features: 

  • Warm showers
  • Low rise stairs
  • Changing rooms
  • Disabled change room
  • BBQs for hire     

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Haruātai Park Ōtaki

Haruatai Park, Mill Road, Ōtaki

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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!

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Ōtaki Pools

Haruatai Park, 200 Mill Road, Ōtaki, Kāpiti Coast

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Located in the beautiful Haruatai Park, the 33.5 m main pool and gently sloping toddlers pool ensure that Ōtaki Pools remain a local favourite. The facility offers a hoist and ramp to assist swimmers with disabilities into the pool, and an adult-only spa* which is great for tired muscles, backache and stress relief, as well as:

  • Warm showers
  • Heated changing rooms
  • Sauna*
  • Disabled and family change rooms
  • Outdoor splash pad
  • BBQ    
  • *Sauna and spa - 16years+      

In the summer holidays, Ōtaki Pool is also home to the fantastic Te Mania Auheke | The Slippery Slope - a 28meter outdoor water slide!

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Ōtaki Pools Website

Which park to visit next?

With more than 50 parks, available across the district there are so many options for which of them you'll visit next!

If you are looking for basketball half courts, flying foxes, skate parks, tennis courts or splashpads you need to find out where to stay and play in Kāpiti

If you are looking for local walks and trails head to Find Your Wild

Alternatively, try out the interactive Park Selector!

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