An arty day out in Raumati & Paekākāriki

Looking out onto the southern end of Kapiti Island you'll find Raumati and Paekākāriki - separated by Queen Elizabeth Park. Here's an idea for a fantastic day out in this part of Kāpiti.

Duncan Thomson - Raumati Beach designs


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Roger Daniell

In his studio overlooking a beautiful garden and an extraordinary view of the Raumati shore and the island, Roger creates artworks ranging from the most delicate of portraits to arresting and dense abstracts in both watercolour and acrylics.

One of New Zealand’s premier watercolourists, Roger painted for many years in a long and internationally recognised career. In recent years he has exhibited in France and in Japan at a Sakai-Wellington sister-city exhibition. He has exhibited twice at the Watercolour Biennale, Mexico City. He received medals for representing New Zealand at the Second and Third International Exhibitions of Watercolour Masters in Nanjing, China. In 2013 he was the invited Guest Artist at the Annual Exhibition of Watercolour New Zealand.

Roger is a past president and honorary life member of Watercolour New Zealand.

Phillip Markham

Varied paintings that reflect Philip's love of nature, his mastery of all media, and his theatrical involvement throughout his life are displayed in his studio overlooking the Raumati seashore.

An artist, teacher, and designer for many years, Philip’s background as a performer in the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Royal Opera Ballet in London led to a full-time career as a painter and theatre designer.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the NZ Governor General Art Award which he received in 2000 for high attainment in painting. Philip exhibits regularly in exhibitions around New Zealand and his artworks are in public, private and corporate collections around the world.

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Vanessa Owens Piwakawaka in progress
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Vanessa Owens

Inspired by the abundant birdlife found around Kāpiti's rivers, reserves, and lagoons, Vanessa creates realistic paintings in acrylic, watercolour, and ink. Although she bases her images on photos to give realism to her artwork, she also allows her own interpretation, producing a bold contemporary edge. The Waikanae Estuary and Ngā Manu Nature Reserve provide much inspiration for her preferred subject matter.

Self-taught, Vanessa has been practising her art for 20 years, and her contemporary paintings also appear on art cards, limited edition prints, and print blocks.

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Joe Buchanan - Diatom Press

In an old railway hut set in a fabulous cottage garden in Paekākāriki, Joe works with an array of traditional printing presses, surrounded by inks, trays of type, and Japanese wood carving tools to produce exquisite linocut and letterpress prints.

A marine biologist, Joe has been printmaking for over 20 years, honing his skills designing and producing pamphlets and posters for various human rights campaigns. Drawing from life, his linocuts often feature botanical themes and marine algae, including macroalgae - visible to the naked eye- and the fascinating and important diatoms his studio is named for.

You can hear Joe talk about his work in a radio interview here (10:43)

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Diatom Press Inanga Galaxias maculatus linocut print

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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Waterfront Bar & Eatery

3 Garden Road, Raumati Beach

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If you are looking for great food, fantastic drinks and spectacular views then you can't go past the Waterfront Bar & Eatery. With unbroken views of Kapiti Island and Raumati Beach if you time it right you might catch one of the phenomenal sunsets over Kapiti Island!

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Raumati Social Club

34 Poplar Ave, Raumati South

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Located in the heart of The Raumati South, The Raumati Social Club embodies everything its name stands for. A hub where locals gather, eat delicious seasonal food, enjoy a beverage and soak in the atmosphere. With a backdrop of live music most weekends, you can feel the soul of Raumati within its walls. Blending both cuisine and the arts together, the cafe is a melting pot of culture.

Local art displays line the walls that up and coming artists fill with their soulful tunes and hip hop beats. There is no one size fits all here, a blend of cultures, genres and food is what makes coming to The Raumati Social Club a memorable experience.

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Perching Parrot

7 Beach Road, Paekakariki

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Great little cafe/coffee house right next to the best swimming beach on the Kāpiti Coast with plenty of outside seating to watch the world go by. With specials and delicious counter food, it's the cafe to go to in Paekākāriki.

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Raumati Sands Resort

Whether you are staying for a relaxing, romantic getaway or staying for business,  the modern and fully featured 4 and a half star apartments at Raumati Sands Resort will ensure a comfortable stay. Just one minute walk from the Raumati Village shops and eateries, and a stones-throw away from kilometres of safe beaches make Raumati Sands Resort a great holiday spot at any time of the year. Take some time out of a hot day to lounge in the pool or sit in the hot tub on a cold evening.

The resort offers two studios and 20 one or two-bedroom modern apartments, with air conditioning, full designer kitchen, separate dining, spacious lounge and laundry facilities. The complex also boasts a luxurious heated pool and hot tub.

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.