North of the Waikanae River lies Waikanae; with a settlement at the foothills of Hemi Matenga which snakes its way down to long, open, sandy beaches. Walk or cycle your way through this serene, undiscovered gem, waiting to be explored.
A Town Centre full of treats
Waikanae town centre is a haven of activity, with shopping, eateries, a weekly mid-week market and a boutique cinema.
In and around the town square you'll find a fantastic range of cafes such as Siggy's Pies, the perfect spot for a delicious treat on the go. Grab lunch from the delectable Joe & Joy who are Coast-famous for their incredible speciality donuts that change every week. Or have a hearty meal with a craft beer match at North End Brewery's BBQ restaurant and brewpub, the Salt and Wood Collective.
Thanks to the wonderful coastal climate, the outdoor Waikanae Pool is the perfect place to cool off in summer, have a dip and let the kids play. If it is too hot outside immerse yourself in the wonderful art at Mahara Gallery - the largest public art gallery on the Coast and has a number of major exhibitions each year. For those who wish to discover local history, stop by the Kāpiti Coast Museum and get your fix.
Head to the beach
Te Moana Road – ‘the road to the sea’, takes you to Waikanae Beach - a delightful beachside community full of wonderful classic Kiwi baches.
The beach itself is a wide and uncrowded space, which creates the perfect opportunity for horse riding, walking or simply sitting back, taking in the view and watching the sunset over Kapiti Island. Take the kids to the park for a play or enjoy a spot of tennis in the public court.
Need refreshments? Make sure you grab a treat at Olde Beach Bakery, renowned for its home-baked goods but be aware that you'll have to get in quick to beat the locals! Stop for lunch at Long Beach or head up to Tuk Tuk Thai Waimea for dinner and views. If you're in need of a good old ice cream, the team at Waikanae Beach 4 Square are on hand to help.
Explore the many trails
Waikanae boasts some of the most popular trails in the Wellington region including the Waikanae River Loop and the Parata Track for some of the best views to Kapiti Island. With options for walking, running, biking or horse riding Waikanae has the trail for you.
Stay somewhere special
Looking for something different? Book into the spectacular Dreamscape Glamping for a truly unique experience. If Freedom camping is more your style, the freedom camping spots at Waikanae Rivermouth were recently listed as one of the top 10 freedom camping spots in the Wellington Region.