An arty day out in Paraparaumu

Paraparaumu is the Civic centre of Kāpiti and contains the district's main shopping centre, while Paraparaumu Beach is a beautiful seaside village with lots of original charm. There really is something for everyone. Here's an idea for a fantastic day out.

Paraparaumu Beach - Maclean Park grass


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Vittoria Urbinati

Originally from Italy, Vittoria now works from her home in Paraparaumu on her sculpture and jewellery.  

Vittoria's elegant and captivating wire sculptures are dynamic, arresting, and unique. From smaller sculptures to enhance the home, to striking large outdoor artworks, Vittoria uses wire and recycled materials to capture human figures and animals in motion, even the essence of movement itself. Many of her artworks feature horses.

During the Arts Trail she will display her larger artworks outdoors in her front garden and will be working in her studio down the back of her drive.

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Summerstone Gallery

In an exciting development for Summerstone Ceramics and for Kāpiti, Ōtaki ceramic artists Mike and Judy Page have set up their new Summerstone Gallery on the corner of Kāpiti & Te Roto Roads in Paraparaumu.

 Mike, an award-winning potter, and Judy are well-known in Kāpiti for their brightly coloured ceramics, designed for use in the home and garden or to decorate indoor or outdoor walls or other settings. They had a hugely successful exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington in June 2021, and have been Arts Trail participants a number of years. 

At their new gallery, they will exhibit unique, individually hand-made sculptures, ceramics, and pottery creations in a fabulous atmosphere.

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Gem Division - Helen Punton

Taking inspiration from the natural and manmade environments around her seaside studio, Helen at Gem Division hand casts and crafts each individual piece of jewellery. Her artwork is often organic, unconventional, and very contemporary. These truly are one-of-a-kind pieces.

Helen has been making jewellery for 30 years, and also teaches and runs an art practice.


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Pam Mundell

Returning recently to Kāpiti after some years away, Pam creates vivid paintings and portraits of landscape icons.Her images range from highly detailed hyper-realistic depictions of New Zealand landscapes and birds to a semi-abstract approach.

Previously working in fibre arts, Pam has been painting and exhibiting for 12 years in Northland, Coromandel, Mana, and Kāpiti, exhibiting in galleries and art shows in Northland, Porirua, and the Coromandel. She was a finalist in the Northland Art Awards and has gained several awards for her art, including second place in the Telecom Art Awards.

Pam’s artwork is inspired by the beautiful places she has lived in and visited, from memories and from her imagination.

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Pam Mundell Tui in Kakabeak

There are many more artists in this area - see who they are, and where they are based in the 2021/22 Kāpiti Arts Guide.


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Hola Mexican

24 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach

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A culinary treat at the beach, choose the eatery that suits your mood!

Hola Street Food
Downstairs is where the Hola modern kitchen meets Mexican street food! The menu is full of flavour, colour and authenticity that delight taste buds  Delicioso!

Hola Bar & Grill
Upstairs you'll find creative contemporary Mexican cuisine showcasing local suppliers of meat and fresh produce, with imported ingredients from Mexico.

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The Lockup

52b Marine Parade , Paraparaumu

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Home of the famous Jackie’s Gems, Lockup is a fun, casual, takeaway eatery serving delicious home-style food and locally roasted Dark Horse Coffee. With a seated backyard it's a great place to enjoy delicious coffee and food! The Lockup is kid and dog friendly so there's no need to leave the messy ones at home!

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50-50 Green soup
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Helen Turnbull - Chef/Owner 50-50


22 Maclean St, Paraparaumu Beach

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50-50 is what happens when you combine the freshest local produce with a local dining experience. Blending the best local produce, meat and seafood with culinary tweaks, techniques and flavours from all over the world to make delicious modern New Zealand dishes.

Working for Gordon Ramsay in Tokyo, as well as in the UK, Queenstown and on super-yachts, honed chef Helen Turnbull's inventive take on food. At this stripped-back eatery she opened with maître d’ Eddy Kennedy, Helen takes admirable risks with an ever-changing menu that's a forager to seek out unusual greens. Michelin may never visit, but they should.

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Greenmantle Estate Lodge

214 Main Road North, Paraparaumu

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If you are seeking to relax in luxurious surroundings for a few days, then look no further.

Greenmantle is an ideal escape for those wishing to take time out. Enjoy the heated pool, the hot-tub or perhaps a few days of indulgence. Make yourself at home beside the pool during the summer months.

Work out in the gym or perhaps relax in the hot-tub situated in unspoiled nikau bush surroundings. Stroll in the gardens or explore the bush walks.


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Wrights By The Sea

387 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu

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Located only 200 meters away from Paraparaumu beach, and strolling distance to local cafes. restaurants and shops, Wrights By The Sea is a great option whether travelling with a large family, on an anniversary celebration or travelling for business.

With a variety of room configuration options, free WIFI and heat pumps on most rooms, Wrights By The Sea is a fantastic choice year-round.

Wrights By The Sea is the closest accommodation to the launching point for boats visiting Kapiti Island.

Local Secret: Accommodation

Like many places Kāpiti has a selection of accommodation options including hotels, motels and campgrounds.

What many people don't know is that unlike many places Kāpiti has a huge number of reasonably priced, high quality peer-to-peer accommodation - with 500+ properties listed at any one time!

From beach baches to horse BnBs, glamping to 5-star luxury lodges you won't be disappointed with the range of accommodation options in Kāpiti. 

Have a look at Air BnB Kāpiti or Bookabach to find the stay that is just right for you.


We are delighted to confirm that the 2021 Kāpiti Arts Trail will go ahead under COVID Alert Levels 1 and 2. All venues will be operating under the Government's COVID guidelines for the Alert Level in place at the time of the event. See for latest information.

Please ensure that you sign in at every venue you visit using either the contact tracing app or sign-in forms and follow the venue-specific directions including mask-wearing and venue capacity.

The Arts Trail will definitely feel a little different this year, as we follow the requirements for operating under COVID Level 1 or 2. If you find you have a little wait at a venue, why not nip to the next venue on your list, or pop into one of our many lovely cafes for a quick snack? You can also arrange to visit artists during the week between Arts Trail weekends, or after the Arts Trail.

If an artist is unexpectedly unavailable they won't put out their Arts Trail flag - if there is no flag, please don't go in.