An arty day out in Waikanae
Waikanae and Waikanae Beach are known as the garden jewels of Kāpiti - and this is often reflected in the art created here. Here's an idea for a fantastic day out.
MUST SEE ARTISTS
Hamish is a Kāpiti based printmaker and painter. He has recently returned home to NZ after 14 years living in London. His work consistently features landscapes, seascapes or horizons. Combining painting, printmaking, mixed media and digital manipulation, he layers traditional and modern techniques to create fresh perspectives.
Inspired by circus dancers and the forms and patterns of nature Michelle Retimana creates remarkably graceful ceramic, bronze, and mixed media sculptures for both indoors and outdoors.
Diane Connal Jeweller
From her creative base in Kāpiti, Diane Connal creates earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. Found objects are used in many of her designs. And colour! Diane loves a bit of colour. Custom commissions are also offered, where Diane can design and make a own unique piece of jewellery.
Stunning Oamaru stone and bronze sculptures welcome visitors to Donna Clarke’s workshop in the low hills at Waikanae Beach. Inspired by the landscape in which she lives and the beauty that surrounds her, Donna has been creating unique, tactile sculptures for more than 20 years using stone sourced from her family quarry in Oamaru.
Listen to Donna talk about her work in a radio interview here (00:40).
REFUEL: PLACES TO EAT
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.
Long Beach Cafe and Tavern
40 Tutere Street, Waikanae
At Long Beach simplicity meets sheer quality with a menu dedicated to fresh and local ingredients. The relaxed atmosphere, fair trade coffee, International beer/wine list and full bar all speak of the restaurant's originality and commitment to quality. Long Beach - a collaborative effort, led by its owners, is proud of its relationship with its loyal patrons, staff and local producers.
Salt and Wood BBQ
11 Ngaio Rd, Waikanae
The Salt & Wood BBQ brew-pub is unashamedly all about meat and beer. Connected to the North End Brewery by a large glass wall, the Salt & Wood team insist that "there's no combo on earth like legit American BBQ and a cold pint"
Can't decide which of the 14 or so beers brewed at the on-site North End Brewery you should have with your meal? Ask the team which pairs best with your meal or share a 6-beer tasting tray with a friend and then have a pint of your favourite.
There’s also a large wine and cocktail selection, and well-thought breakfast and burger menus for all-day dining.
REFRESH: PLACES TO STAY
Cottage 103 by Sudbury
103 Te Hapua Rd, Te Horo
Simple but elegant, with an open log fire and French doors, Cottage 103 is the ultimate private haven and offers sumptuous seclusion perfect for honeymooners, romantic weekends and that special time away with friends.
The whole cottage is stylish but cosy: deep leather sofas, with skins and rugs to snuggle into, an open fire, SKY TV with surround sound, fluffy bathrobes, French doors onto the expansive deck, two bathrooms, two bedrooms with the finest Egyptian cotton linens (one with a King bed and one with either twin beds or a Superking bed) and, if the well-equipped kitchen fails to persuade you to cook, there are many fantastic cafes and restaurants nearby.
Outside is just as stunning. Perched on a ridge looking over the farm and down the valley, Cottage 103 boasts incredible views from an expansive deck. The beach is a 15-minute walk down a quiet country road where you can enjoy a romantic stroll on the deserted sands before returning to relax in the cedar hot tub under fairy lights. Read the Stuff review
51 Pingao Lane, Peka Peka
Atahuri… boutique accommodation located in the dunes on Peka Peka Beach on the Kāpiti Coast, one hour north of Wellington.
Enjoy a luxurious stay in secluded surrounds, where you can breathe in the pure air of the Tasman Sea and feel the sand between your toes.
Uniquely designed and hidden in sand dunes Atahuri provides accommodation with ultimate comfort, plenty of space and is an ideal base to explore the wonderful sights of the Kāpiti Coast. The lodge features four spacious guest suites each with their own private entrance and patio facing seaward.
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.
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 www.covid19.govt.nz 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.