Things to do on a rainy day

A rainy day doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks, here are some useful tips and places to keep your day from halting in the rain.

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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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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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Southward Car Museum

Otaihanga Rd, Paraparaumu

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Housing some of the world’s rarest and most valuable vehicles, Southward Car Museum is considered the premier privately owned automotive collection in the Southern Hemisphere.

The grounds include stunning landscaped gardens and lake including a bush walk.

There are regular theatre and music performances, and conference and exhibition facilities are available for hire. Refreshments available from the gift shop. Watch for the annual Open House and Auto Jumble Sale Days, advertised on their website and in the press.

Southward Car Museum


With two cinemas in Kāpiti, you have an array of movies to choose from. Located in Coastlands Shopping centre, Event Cinemas featuring the latest blockbusters while Shoreline is an independent cinema in Waikanae featuring an eclectic mix of films from around the world.

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Kāpiti Ten Pin Bowling

1 Te Tupe Road, Nikau Valley, Paraparaumu

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Head to Kāpiti Ten Pin Bowling for a game of ten pin bowling. Great for families - try glow in the dark bowling at night! 

You can also have a go on the mini golf course, arcade games or at table tennis.

Kāpiti Ten Pin

North End Brewery

11 Ngaio Road , Waikanae

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North End Brewery is a small team, producing a range of beers, inspired by traditional European styles right out of a brewery in Waikanae.

Taking their name from Kapiti Island, where the aptly named ‘North End’ is most visible from Waikanae Beach the North End Brewery team appreciate local, and this is reflected in their choice of local ingredients where possible. Their sister companies include Olde Beach Bakery, who use their spent grain to make bread, and Long Beach Tavern at Waikanae Beach with a garden bar - a great spot for drinking North End Beers all year round.

Salt and Wood Collective brew-pub is joined to the brewery by a large glass wall and is open all day for American style BBQ and North End Brews to dine in or take away.

North End Brewery

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Tuatara Brewery & Tap Room

7 Sheffield Street , Paraparaumu

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Now with a plethora of regular gigs and events, The Brewery Tap Room is a non-pretentious, casual, and relaxed environment - fostering great hospitality and sociability. Everyone is welcome - from beer connoisseurs on strict tasting business, to work groups popping in for an after work pint or two, as well as enjoy a range of wine, cider and soft drinks.

A visit to the tap room is a great chance to rub shoulders with our award-winning brewers, who frequent the licensed area to carry out all the important "quality control". You can take a little Tuatara home with you too!

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