Life on the Coast

John Lennon, always a good place to start with anything in life, probably put it best when he said “life is what happens when you’re busy making plans”.

Aldrin Molina

- Sharon Stephenson

If you’d asked me five years ago, I would have confidently said that moving to Kāpiti wasn’t part of my life-plan, and having recently returned to NZ after a second stint in the UK, I was enjoying living in inner-city Wellington, in a lovely 110-year-old villa within walking distance of work, restaurants and bars. 

Call it getting older or caring more, but after a few years, the cracks started to appear: living smack-bang in the city meant living cheek-by-jowl with the rest of humanity, not being able to find a park outside our house and noise. Lots of noise, from music so loud it threatened to rearrange our internal organs to the revving of unmuffled cars that woke us in the early hours of the morning.


Making the move

For a year or so, we slept less than we should and got more stressed with each passing day. We’d always talked about having a bit more green than just the weeds poking up between the pavement cracks, of growing our own veggies and enjoying a simple life lived close to nature and far from others.   

And so we started scouring real estate sites. We looked at the Wairarapa first, but I quickly realised that the winding Remutaka road and a propensity for carsickness don’t mix. So we started looking up the ‘other’ coast, and found Kāpiti ticked every box we’d thought of, and some we hadn’t: ample sunshine, less wind, lots of room to move and, thanks to the roading improvements, easy access to the city when we needed it.

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Kāpiti ticked every box we’d thought of, and some we hadn’t

Life begins on the Coast

Getting a foothold in paradise wasn’t, however, easy. We missed out on a couple of places in Te Horo and had almost given up when a lovely local estate agent persuaded us to look at a former tomato farm in Ōtaki. Tucked into the shadow of the Tararuas, the 16ha property was probably bigger than we were looking for but, a year in, it’s lived up to all our expectations.

In fact, Kāpiti has given us the best of both worlds: peace and quiet but also easy access to decent amenities: shops, cafes, medical centres, cinemas and bars. And did I mention how much friendlier the locals are? I’m constantly amazed at the number of people on the street who don’t just smile back, they also stop and chat.

If life sounds pretty good, that’s because it is. The only things that would make it perfect is a quicker, more frequent train service. But that’s a minor gripe and one I can live with. Besides, the positive side of the scale is pretty heavily weighted.

Thank you Kāpiti, for being part of my story. I can’t promise that my itchy feet won’t carry me to other parts near or far at some stage, but for now, I’m overjoyed to nestle into your sunny, friendly community.

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Board Walk v2


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