Find your wild this spring on Kāpiti Trails

Find your wild in Kāpiti this Spring.

Whether you're into cycling, walking, running, mountain biking or horse riding we have the trails for you. Pack up the family, grab your significant other or get a group together and make a weekend of it.

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Go off the beaten track in Ōtaki

Spring growth and birdlife will absorb your attention as you walk, cycle, or ride a horse along the stunning Otaki river. Shady spots and birdsong will add to the ambience along this local favourite.

Did you know you and your horse can stay in local B&B accommodation? Both Beachbrook Stables and Te Horo Farmstay & Equestrian Centre welcome equine guests! You can even hire a bike from Adventure Kāpiti, so no need to bring your own!

Stop to refuel with a coffee at Bus Stop Café or an Icecream from Koru Ice before you head out to the beach to relax or try your hand at surfing. Not a water baby? Book in for a horse trek or get adventurous with Captivate Adventures.

Ōtaki has many great accommodation options, from B&B style, to beach favourite Byron’s Resort, there’s something to suit your taste and budget. Have a rest and recharge at your chosen accommodation for the weekend before heading out for the afternoon to uncover the hidden gem that is Chrystalls Bend Walkway. An easy walk for the whole family through a tranquil bush setting to a stunning reflective lake with many spots to sit and admire the view.

Add in a visit after your walk to the Otaki Museum; if it’s afternoon tea you’re after you can’t go wrong with Gorge Café or Ruth Pretty’s Garden Room.

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Ōtaki Beach Trail
Couple walking trail in Queen Elizabeth Park
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Roam round Paekakariki

Spend the morning trying out the MTB and walking tracks in Whareroa Farm – there’s options for all abilities! With eight different trails on offer and links to the adjoining Akatarawa Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park, this is the perfect spot to pack a picnic and enjoy a day out in an area of uninterrupted natural beauty.

Then refuel in Paekakariki at Beach Road Deli or The Perching Parrot and wander through Queen Elizabeth Park towards Raumati South. Queen Elizabeth Park has an array of trails to suit all types of activity. Te Ara o Whareroa is an easy 6km trail that traverses the dunelands of the Kāpiti Coast. The trail extends from Queen Elizabeth Park all the way through to Tilley Road in Paekākāriki. This popular shared route is used by locals for recreational walking and biking. The coastal track is not suitable for horses but is fantastic for walking and cycling. The inland track, whareroa stream loop and yankee trail are shared pathways for walking, cycling and horseriding. You can go for a horse trek in the park with Kapiti Stables, located near the tram museum at the McKay’s entrance. Want a unique way to get to the beach? Jump on board one of the historic trams that runs on weekends and public holidays.

Worn out by your adventures? Head back to your B&B for a rest before you head down to Raumati South village for dinner and a drink, perhaps even take in a local band or a comedy show at the Raumati Social Club

Explore Waikanae

Stroll or cycle along the Waikanae River loop and check out the spring growth and chicks on the river. Dogs on leads are welcome and there are parks along the way that offer water, bathrooms, plenty of green space to run around and even a few playgrounds!

Stop off at the beach for a well-deserved coffee break at Olde Beach Bakery, Long Beach or Front Room while the kids play at the park or paddle at the beach. Prefer to check out the town? There are lots of options for refreshments, why not try Joe and Joy or Siggy's Pies in Mahara Place.

Nga Manu Nature Reserve is the ideal afternoon stop for the whole family, take part in eel feeding at 2pm, and then head for the hills and soak up the atmosphere of primeval forest on the Kohekohe loop track, part of the Hemi Matenga trail, and enjoy a spectacular sunset looking out at Kapiti island when you emerge.

Waikanae town centre is just at the bottom of the hill – head down for dinner at Salt and Wood (you can even add on a beer tasting at the col-located North End Brewery) and take in a movie at the Shoreline Cinema. Didn’t make it to Nga Manu for 2pm? Then make sure you head back for a Kiwi Night Encounter, an astonishing experience that is not to be missed.  

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Mix pavement and primeval forest in Paraparaumu

The new Raumati South to Peka Peka Shared Path is a fantastic paved trail that runs from Paekākāriki in the south to Peka Peka in the north. Suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders (although horses are not recommended on urban sections of the pathway). This undulating pathway follows wetlands as it passes by a number of townships along the Kāpiti Coast.

There are plenty of opportunities to branch off into neighbourhood streets in Raumati South, Paraparaumu and Waikanae, or divert your route to Southward Car Museum instead.

You can even duck off the path in Paraparaumu and call into Duncans Brewery on the way past and pick up some brews for the afternoon or even attend a tasting and tour at Tuatara.

Sample a gelato from Mediterranean Food Warehouse or head to the beach for an icecream from one of the many local options, or indulge with a takeaway fish and chips picnic overlooking the beach from Maclean Park.

Enjoy a gentle Sunday walk at the Barry Hadfield Nikau Reserve track and discover the stunning views out over the coast from the top – well worth the climb.