Reconnect with Nature
Visit the Kāpiti Coast and Reconnect with Nature through all that the Coast has to offer. From the first Nature Reserve in New Zealand to huge marine reserves and great outdoorsy eateries scattered throughout the Kāpiti Coast is a great nature-based escape.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Te Hapua Wetlands Glamping
Te Hapua Glamping is set on the coastal dune zone on the Kapiti Coast, close to Te Horo Beach, and just 1 hour from Wellington City.
Perfect for a couples escape, the Te Hapua Wetlands Tent, sleeping up to five, is also the ideal family or group accommodation in a very special setting. The tent sits next to a wetland lake - one of New Zealand's most rare and precious ecosystems and recognised locally as an area of special significance.
WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE
Kiwi Night Encounter
74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae
Watch the resident kiwi as they emerge from their daytime slumber and engage in the nocturnal exploration of their outdoor enclosure.
Each Encounter starts with a kiwi presentation in the Visitor Centre before the guide escorts the group to the outdoor kiwi enclosure and covered observation area. Every evening presents a new episode in the lives of the birds at Nga Manu!
This experience is not recommended for children under 7 years.
Kāpiti Aero Club
Be wowed by the views from up above in a trial flight with Kāpiti Aero Club! From the cockpit, you'll be able to see the stunning landscape of the Kāpiti region and maybe even be able to fly the plane yourself!
WHERE YOU'LL EXPLORE
Kāpiti Island Trip and Guided Tour
Take the 20 minute ferry ride across the marine reserve and land on New Zealand's oldest nature reserve! Be taken through the trails and tracks on the island with the guided tour from the Barrett whānau and be treated to a fully cooked lunch at the lodge on the island.
Kāpiti Island is a popular destination all year round so bookings for the popular summer season need to be made well in advance. Authorised operators provide transport and tours of Kāpiti Island as private boats may not land at Kapiti Island Nature Reserve.
Explore all Kāpiti has to offer from the comfort of an e-bike! With many flat paths and tracks suitable for all levels of fitness, the Kāpiti Coast offers some of the best cycling in the country and with a motor to help you its the perfect way to relax in nature!
TASTES YOU'LL ENJOY
A fun, casual, takeaway eatery with homemade food and Dark Horse Coffee. With a seated backyard it's a great place to enjoy delicious coffee and food! The Lockup is kid and dog friendly so there's no need to leave the messy ones at home!
Ruth Pretty's Garden Room
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.00am to 4.00pm, Ruth Pretty's Garden Room is locally famous for their coffee and cake deal! Set in a stunning glass-covered outdoor area it is the perfect place to unwind.
Salt and Wood Collective
11 Ngaio Rd, Waikanae
This is a bar that makes decisions difficult: which of the 14 or so beers brewed at the on-site North End Brewery should you have? Perhaps the tart, slightly salty wheat beer charmingly named Become the Ocean, or maybe the Saison du Nectar, which features hints of dried mango?
Fortunately, the staff know what they’re talking about so just ask for what’s good. There’s also a large wine and cocktail selection, and well thought breakfast and burger menus for all day dining.
Two Fat Chefs
Nestled into the Paraparaumu waterfront is a fantastic cafe, after opening in 2019 it has quickly become a local favourite and is regularly packed out for Sunday brunches! Two Fat Chefs is the perfect place to sit down and watch Paraparaumu go by!