Kāpiti Event Guide
There's always something going on in Kāpiti. Here's your guide to events that you won't want to miss!
Waikanae Community Market
2 Jan – 18 Dec 2021
Waikanae Park Playground, Park Avenue, Waikanae
8am to 12noon - Every Saturday
Huge market featuring fruit and veg, cheeses, honey, baking, preserves, olive oil, plants, herbs, bric-a-brac, crafts, Kombucha, retro and collectibles, fresh flowers, books, coffee, etc, etc. Something for everyone and something different every week.
Our Kāpiti Island Heritage - Nature & Culture Guided Tour
29 – 30 Oct 2021
This unique tour will engage visitors in a completely different Kāpiti Island experience. Visits to historically rich occupation sites, Māori settlement, whaling and farming remnants, followed by the remarkable conservation story of the Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve, and Marine Reserve.
The tour is a combination of cruise/visit and on-island walking - approximately 2 hours cruising and 4 hours on the island - expert local guides will bring rarely exposed highlights and moments, not routinely experienced on a Kāpiti Island visit. Lunch is included on Island.
Early/advanced bookings are essential as participating numbers are limited to 24 per tour.
Wellington Tramway Museum - Murder Mystery
30 Oct 2021
MacKay's Crossing Entrance, Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekākāriki
Mr Boddy has been shot, and it’s up to you to help figure out who did it! Unfortunately, we can't show you around the murder site, as it's going through a deep clean. However, the tramway provides the ideal place for us to carry out our investigation.
As you ride the rails, you will get to look over the evidence found, and read some of the statements of close contacts to Mr Boddy. So... was it his ex-wife Miss Scarlett with a gun, or was it his long-lost friend Colonel Mustard with a dagger?
Murder by Chocolate
4 – 13 Nov 2021
7 Ruahine St, Paraparaumu
Murder by Chocolate - a New Zealand comedy by Phil Ormsby When romance writer Felicia Fargo, writing under a pseudonym, wants to change direction and give up the fluff of romance writing to write crime novels under her real name, she comes face to face with a formidable enemy, her mother! Felicia’s change in direction has unintended fatal consequences for a number of people who are close to her, often with very dark and hilarious results. In time honoured fashion, Felicia must solve the mystery herself to prove her innocence, all while fighting her addiction to chocolate.
Kāpiti Half Marathon
14 Nov 2021
Marine Parade, Paraparaumu
Explore the Kāpiti Coast for a running festival including a 21km half marathon, 10km, 5km plus bring the kids for our 2km kids kick it 2k. Make the most of your stay by enjoying all that Kāpiti has to offer. The course is flat and fast where you will wind your way through river trails, lake loops, boardwalks all with views over the spectacular Kāpiti Island. Finish on the beautiful beachside park and celebrate your efforts with friends and family. All courses open to walkers, buggies and wheelchair athletes.
Kāpiti Arts Trail
6 – 14 Nov 2021
175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu
Every year the two weekends of art immersion offer a rare glimpse into the studio spaces and workings of artists - all of whom are listed in the Kāpiti Arts Guide and can be visited year-round.
There's always something for everyone on the Arts Trail: painting in oils, watercolour or mixed media; fibre arts; ceramics; jewellery; photography; street art; digital art; tattoo; glass; and wood. Many artists demonstrate their creative process, and all have their art available for sale, it is a great way to support quality New Zealand artists.
Kapiti Strawberry Festival
20 Nov 2021
Cnr Rimu Rd & Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu
Welcome to the 2021 Kapiti Strawberry Festival! During November and December thousands of delicious strawberry sundaes will be sold around the region to raise funds for Mary Potter Hospice to help keep the service free. The hospice provides some of the best quality specialist care in the world for people facing terminal illness and their families. Come along to Kapiti Primary School in Paraparaumu on Saturday 20 November from 9.30am and celebrate spring and help us to keep hospice services free. Things to do and see: Strawberries and ice cream Sausage sizzle Face painting Food trucks Bouncy castles Loads of kids entertainment (which can be enjoyed by the whole family) Entertainment through out the day on the big stage Stalls selling a variety of items. Check out the website and the Facebook page for more information. Come along - it will be fun family day. Gold coin donation on gate entry.
The Extravaganza Fair
27 – 28 Nov 2021
Wellington Rd, Paekakariki
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! Welcome to Season 7 of New Zealand's largest and most fabulous travelling festival/fair!
The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone. Bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, featuring the famed LuckyStar from festivals such as Splore, circus shows, performers, unique to NZ tiny homes, solar power, kids shows & games.
Arts, crafts and interesting market stalls - ranging from herbal remedies & natural perfumes, soaps, woodcraft, heaps of funky clothing, jewellery like you've never seen before - silver, beaded, fashion, bohemian! Kids toys, crystals, hats, hair braiding, massage, henna, and much much more!!! Blacksmith working live before your eyes. We've got it all going on!
19 – 28 Nov 2021
13b Nimmo Ave, Waikanae
Ladies and Gentleman, prepare to be taken back in time through amazing feats of Circus, Equestrian, sound and glamour! This is a live performance show where the 20's meet the 20's. Our cast of all ages will perform many different breathtaking disciplines that will have you clutching your seat! Food trucks, beverages and parking onsite available! Family friendly show so bring the whole family along for a night not to be forgotten!
Tom Sainsbury - Snapchat Dude Live
1 Nov 2021
Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu
Comedian, snapchat satirist and now unmasked as the dancing Alien on The Masked Singer NZ, Tom Sainsbury is about to add another string to his bow: Comedian on the loose! He’s hitting the road with his brand new show SNAPCHAT DUDE LIVE! and no stone will be unturned in his quest to poke fun at New Zillunders. Famous for taking the Mickey out of politicians like Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges, as well as his parallel life as Gingerbread the cat, Tom will be plumbing the depths of our quirky culture. So grab yourself some fush and chups, put some L&P in the chilly bin, say “yeah nah”, dress up fancy in your jandals and head out to see Tom in action when he come to a venue near you.
Māoriland Business Growth and Start Up Workshops
1 Oct – 6 Nov 2021
68 Main St, Otaki, Ōtaki
Māoriland and HTK Group are excited to present a series of FREE Business Growth or Start-Up workshops for Māori seeking new skills, knowledge and tools to grow their business.
HTK Group specialises in working with Māori and Indigenous people to build better futures. They work alongside whānau, businesses, corporates, start-ups, hapū/iwi, institutions, and not-for-profits creating tailor-made, innovative and dynamic solutions for businesses. HTK was established in 2015 to meet the growing demand for an organisation that understands the needs of Māori and indigenous organisations across the spectrum, from those building start-ups, developing existing businesses and programmes or seeking investment opportunities.
The HTK mission is to grow and accelerate Māori business potential. Kokihi, Kohiti, Kokiri – To rise, grow and champion.
These workshops are presented with support from Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Christmas in Vienna - Operatunity
23 Nov 2021
Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu
Lose yourself in the splendour of Vienna as we capture the magic of Christmas, the wonder of the lights, the beautiful carols, the waltzes and great frocks! Starring, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Karl Perigo, Alex Foster, Jessica Hindin, Kelly Lim Harris and Paul Carnegie-Jones on piano.
Kāpiti Food Fair 2021
4 Dec 2021
Mazengarb Rd, Paraparaumu
Reported by Stuff as one of New Zealand's Top 20 Food Festivals the Kāpiti Food Fair is a fun foodie day out on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast. From humble beginnings, the Kāpiti Food Fair now sprawls over the entire Mazengarb Park in Paraparaumu. It is a delightful day in the park whether with your significant other, your whole family or a great group of friends.
Showcasing a wide array of high-quality food and beverage from Kāpiti and around New Zealand, the Fair combines great food with fantastic entertainment. Catch the train to the Paraparaumu Station and board the free bus for a short ride to and from the fair. With more than 200 vendors, offering everything from seafood and sweets to local craft beer and artisan honey, you will certainly find something to your taste!
The Festival of Pots and Garden Art 2022
21 – 26 Jan 2022
150 Rangiuru Rd, Otaki Beach, Ōtaki
The Festival of Pots and Garden Art is a fabulous family-friendly ceramic and garden art exhibition set in a stunning garden setting, with an indoor curated exhibition. Demonstrations at the weekends show how pots are made, wonderful on-site café and free parking. A brilliant day out for the family. Admission paid at venue only. An Otaki Pottery Club event.
Ōtaki Kite Festival
26 – 27 Feb 2022
Marine Parade, Ōtaki
A fabulous free weekend of family fun, market stalls & entertainment at Ōtaki beach – jewel of the Kapiti Coast. Be wowed by every kind of kite imaginable from the giant to the tiny, acrobatic and single line, weird and wonderful, traditional Maori and international designs. A festival for everyone - kids and grown-ups, amateurs and professionals. Eftpos/cashout available.
The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth 2022
27 Mar 2022
Marine Parade, Paraparaumu
Raise funds and fitness for Kāpiti youth while having fun strolling or running along the beautiful Kāpiti coastline.
Walk or run from Paraparaumu Beach (Maclean Park) to Raumati Beach and back. There are four options to choose from: 12 or 6km walk and the 12 or 6km run. Once your profile is set up online, let your family, friends and workmates know so they can sponsor your efforts. This is a family-friendly event – baby buggies and crowd-friendly dogs on leads are welcome. Bring your sunhat, sunscreen and water on the day.
There are sponsored prizes, treats for the kids, certificates for everyone participating and free Paekakariki Mini Pops for everyone at the end.
KR4Y has raised $175K for the youth of Kāpiti since its inception in 2011.