Sports & Outdoors
Kāpiti Coast is the home of some iconic sporting and outdoor events. Whether its catching a game, running a marathon, heading into the bush, or watching our sportiest furry friends, we have it all!
Winter Mardi Gras
This show involves circus performers, acrobats, aerialists, horses and their riders and vaulters! Each performer will be wrapped in colour and show off a wide range of skills from hula hoops to a miniature horse, horses jumping to jumping over the horse, acrobatics on horseback and contortion in the air. Those are just some of the amazing talents we will have in this magnificent show.
This will be held at the Kapiti Equestrian Centre over the last weekend of August, don’t miss out as the last show, 1920’s Extravaganza was a sell-out! Wrap up warm and come along to celebrate and discover these amazing talents!
Foraging & Spice Cream
Haruatai Park and the old hospital grounds in Otaki is a great place for foraging with a real mix of exotics and natives.
After a 2h foraging walk it's botanical ice cream tasting time in Ōtaki colleges greenhouse at Aho Aho. Ice cream is a great tool for showcasing flavours.
Kāpiti Half Marathon
Explore the stunning Kāpiti Coast for a running festival including a 21km half marathon, 10km, 5km plus bring the kids for our kick it kids 2k.
Set on the beautiful coastal roads and river trails, 30 minutes from Wellington CBD, all the runs are based in the heart of Paraparaumu Beach overlooked by the magnificent Kāpiti Island. Using a combination of road and hard-packed gravel this course is fast, flat and beautiful. You will enjoy river trails, tree-lined streets, lakes and the stunning Waikanae Estuary boardwalk. 30-minute drive from Wellington with great public transport links, this is the ultimate destination run. Finish on the beautiful beachside park and celebrate your efforts with friends and family. Make the most of your stay by enjoying all that Kāpiti has to offer.
All courses open to walkers, buggies and wheelchair athletes.
XTERRA Wellington Festival 2023
Welcome to the most exciting XTERRA on the planet.
XTERRA Wellington embraces the rugged coastal landscape that is Kāpiti, in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand. No glitz nor glamour, just epic New Zealand terrain, spectacular views and proper home grown hospitality. XTERRA Wellington links the beach to the mountains in a uniquely west coast way. Set 30 minutes drive from Wellington CBD, on a good day this course is harmless and fragile ready to be taken apart... however, underestimate her at your peril.
A rugged west coast beach, mountain bike ride with 800 meters of climbing, a great mix of gravel, single track, and a course that will thrill you just as much as make those legs burn. All this complimented with a group of runs that will inspire but with the wrong wind could very well break you.
Something for everyone, from our Super 6km Fun Run, Whareroa Half Marathon, to our full XTERRA Coastal Triathlon. All of this followed by a celebration that includes live music, drink, food and stories into the night.
XTERRA Wellington is a completely unique New Zealand coastal experience. There is nothing like it in NZ or indeed the world. Join us to find out why we are so excited!
The Web Genius Kāpiti Run for Youth 2023
Kāpiti Run for Youth is a family-friendly event – all humans, 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 Paekākāriki Mini Pops for everyone at the end.
Raise funds and fitness for Kāpiti rangatahi youth while having fun strolling or running along the beautiful Kāpiti coastline.