Hidden gems of Kāpiti
Relax and take in our spectacular landscape. Get active outdoors. Shop in one of the friendly coastal villages or go for a rejuvenating walk on one of the seven beaches along the Kāpiti Coast. Discover some of the best hidden gems for you to explore.
Ruth Pretty's Garden Room
41 School Road, Te Horo
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.
Open for coffee and cake Under Alert Level 2 rules.
The reserve is made up of a mix of open space and remnant planting- over 43,000 native trees, shrubs, flaxes and grasses have been planted since 1996 by Kāpiti Mana Forest & Bird and the Friends of Kaitawa Reserve.
A brand new outdoor classroom completes the reserve and allows visitors to learn about their surroundings.
Barry Hadfield Nikau Reserve
1.2km | lower loop is ACCESSIBLE. SUITABLE FOR: WALKING
The Barry Hadfield Nīkau Reserve is a shady bushwalk through a stunning, large stand of nīkau palms. They line the gravelled track like majestic columns, and there is an easy loop track from the car park through them which takes only 5- 10 minutes. If you want amazing views, head up the stepped track to panoramic views of the Kāpiti Coast and Kapiti Island.
The lower loop track through the nīkau is very short, shady and suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.
The single track and stairs up to the top are steep, it is suitable for children as it is quite short – but not buggies. The track takes you through 11 acres of remnant nīkau, kohekohe and a good population of ewekuri, the large leaved milk tree (Streblus banksii), a regionally endangered species. You will come across pīwakawaka (fantail), riroriro (grey warbler), and possibly spy tūi, korimako (bellbird) or even kererū. The reserve is across the road from a breeding colony of kawau (little shag) and is an important link in a chain of forest remnants linking the Tararua Ranges to Kapiti Island. There is a picnic table at the top, and seating to admire the views.
Olde Beach Bakery
3 Ono St, Waikanae Beach, Waikanae
Olde Beach Bakery is the first bakery in Waikanae Beach, and little sister to Long Beach Tavern.
A casual, cheerful, friendly and beautified corner of Waikanae Beach, where people of all walks of life enjoy the delicious baked goods as well as the garden and seating area. The open kitchen design provides customers the opportunity to see the processes involved in creating world class baked goods and this also helps promote dialogue between our bakers and our community.
Olde Beach Bakery offers the best cheese scones, traditional French breads and pastries, delicious handmade pies, as well as milkshake syrups made from scratch.
Peka Peka Beach
Peka Peka Road, Peka Peka
Peka Peka may be the smallest of the seaside towns, but the beach is one of the most beautiful! This stunning wide beach has an unaffected view of Kapiti Island and has the protection of sand dunes.
Secluded and tranquil, it is a great spot to sit and relax or go for a gentle surf, while the busy world behind the dunes continues on without you.
With so many options available, and the idyllic coastal setting, exploring the stores on offer is a great reason to visit for the day.
The Kāpiti Coast has boutique, retail and outlet shopping to suit all styles and budgets. Whether you want to explore local boutiques in each village, visit the big retailers at Coastlands Mall, discover your next favourite artist, stroll around Raumati beach village or grab a bargain at the outlet stores in Ōtaki, each township on the Coast will have something to tempt you.
Once you've had your retail fix, stop in to one of the horticultural gardens and stock up on locally grown fruit and vegetables, or even take the kids and pick your own!