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Kāpiti boasts 40kms of unspoilt beaches, a warm climate and friendly people – the perfect place to enjoy real Kiwi experiences. An hour north of Wellington, Kāpiti is easy to get to on the Wellington rail network, State Highway 1 or via Kāpiti Coast Airport.

The quaint village atmosphere and rolling coastal landscape is sheltered by Kāpiti Island. Regardless of the season we can offer visitors a place to escape from their busy lives.  Whether you want a leisurely stroll or a picnic, to sip wine by the beach at sunset or play golf at a world renowned golf course, you will feel at home in Kāpiti.

Kāpiti was home to the 15,000 US Marines in WWII, and the first Chinese settlers in the 1800’s. It is home now to many artists attracted by the relaxed lifestyle, stunning coastal landscapes and amazing wildlife.  If you want to wake to the rolling surf, or a native bird dawn chorus, and take home memories of cheeky kakas, takahe, tuatara, gecko or night spotting kiwi, visiting Kāpiti is a must.

Visit our bird sanctuary, Kāpiti Island

Take a day trip, and be inspired by the remnant native forest, unique and amazing wildlife on the renowned bird sanctuary, Kāpiti Island.  Or combine it with genuine Maori hospitality, story telling, and overnight accommodation at the Kāpiti Island Nature Lodge.

See Native Birds on the Mainland

For those looking to get up close to nature without going to the Island, Nga Manu one of New Zealand’s most important lowland Nature Reserves offers eel feeding and a real kiwi nature experience and Kapiti Bird Tours explore the wonders of the Waikanae Estuary.

Get in the driver's seat at Southwards Car Museum

Kids and adults love soaking up the atmosphere at the internationally renowned Southward Car Museum. Whether it is getting up close to a Chicago gangster limo complete with bullet holes, seeing a rare Davis three wheeler, or stepping back to the cars of the 60’s and 70’s, take a couple of hours, charge up your camera and you will not be disappointed.

Tee off at the Paraparaumu & Waikanae Golf Clubs


Receive a real Kāpiti welcome at the Waikanae Golf Club or challenge yourself by playing at the best links in the Southern Hemisphere, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

Relax on Kapiti's popular family beaches

Kapiti family beaches

Whether you want to go swimming, launch a boat, fish, surf, blow cart or for a long walk, every town has a road to the beach.

Get close to nature at Otaki Forks

Discover our land as it once was, walking the unspoilt beauty of Ōtaki Forks. From a 6 day tramp to a 40 minute walk, swing bridges or kayaking, the Tararua Forest Park has options for them all.  For something totally different try night rafting with Captivate Adventures.

Explore Kāpiti's cycle and walkways

Kapiti cycleways

To capture the magic of Kapiti at a more leisurely pace, explore the hidden delights of Kāpiti’s many walkways and cycleways. The trails on the Waikanae River are popular with horse riders, and walkers and cyclists of all ages. View the Walking & Cycling Brochure [PDF, 764kb, 1 page].

Take the family to Queen Elizabeth Park

If you are looking for space to play, the flat rolling landscape of Queen Elizabeth Park is popular with families and those into more active adventure.  Home of the US Marines in WWII, the Park is the gateway to the coast and the popular Whareroa Farm recreation reserve.